Pro Power Bench with 30kg Weights Set. - £49.99 Reserve + Collect @ Argos
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Pro Power Bench with 30kg Weights Set. - £49.99 Reserve + Collect @ Argos

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Found 11th Nov 2012
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This Pro Power Bench is a fantastic value for money way to get into shape at home. Perform various bench press exercises with weights up to 30kg. A great way to strengthen and tone muscles for an all over workout.
Square tubular frame.
Barbell rests for bench press.
Inclining bench for varied bench press exercises.
Quadricep leg extension and hamstring curl bar.
Set of weights totalling 30kg.
8 weights in total.
Spinlock bar is not included.
General information:

Size H151, W119, D138cm.
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"Spinlock bar is not included"? So 30kg of weights but no bar to put them on?
kdk

"Spinlock bar is not included"? So 30kg of weights but no bar to put … "Spinlock bar is not included"? So 30kg of weights but no bar to put them on?



Exactly what I saw. Also doesn't look like you can adjust seat flat.
mtowns

Exactly what I saw. Also doesn't look like you can adjust seat flat.



The reviews seem to say that this does come with the bar and that the description is wrong.
You can adjust the seat flat and it does come with a bar for the weights, just not a "spinlock" bar
I have this, the bar is included. Very good bench for a beginner.
That's a good price. I'm sure I paid that for the bench alone a while ago. It does go flat and you can also decline it which many of the cheaper benches don't do
'Exercise with weights up to 30Kg'??? Am I reading this correct? My nan could bench 30kg! Considering most healthy and fairly fit (not hugely overweight) individuals should be able to bench their own body weight - 30kg is way too low,

I would say you would expect this set up to be stable and safe for at least 60 - 80kg, so assuming this is able to take that weight, you woudl need to buy additional weight (plus bar if previous post is correct).

Still get a hot vote from me, as is the cheapest ive seen it.
chelmsfordman

Considering most healthy and fairly fit (not hugely overweight) … Considering most healthy and fairly fit (not hugely overweight) individuals should be able to bench their own body weight



I have heard this a number of times and I still find it funny. I don't think I've seen a single new start to weights actually manage to lift their own weight.

According to any data I've seen, untrained aim for ~80% of their bodyweight, novice ~90% and if you hit your bodyweight or above, you are considered intermediate.
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Srsly Bro, do u evn lift?
Got one of these recently. Max user weight 110kg max barbell weight 50kg.
Ok for the price thw weights alone would cost about that.
The barbell is crap it comes in 2 pieces and pins together.
I also got the 50kg pro power barbell and dumbell set to go with this it was reduced to £30 and may still be
I got this one when it was £22.99 hotukdeals.com/dea…167

The one I got looks much stronger design than this and it is SO flimsy to the point of being dangerous - I maxed it out in a few weeks from starting(and I am weak). I even strengthened it with wood but it is still crap. Save your money and get a better one! I am mad I spent £22.99 on this dam thing.

You don't need a bench when starting out - check out scoobysworkshop.com/ someone pointed this out to me on here and it has been great for me!
chelmsfordman

'Exercise with weights up to 30Kg'??? Am I reading this correct? My … 'Exercise with weights up to 30Kg'??? Am I reading this correct? My nan could bench 30kg! Considering most healthy and fairly fit (not hugely overweight) individuals should be able to bench their own body weight - 30kg is way too low, I would say you would expect this set up to be stable and safe for at least 60 - 80kg, so assuming this is able to take that weight, you woudl need to buy additional weight (plus bar if previous post is correct).Still get a hot vote from me, as is the cheapest ive seen it.



Seriously?? Go back to your ps3
30Kg really isn't a lot, even for a complete beginner. If you can do a press up you can probably do that
pmsl at benching own bodyweight
Pfft not enough for leeparsonsisstrong to curl on one arm..
beltabry

chelmsfordman 'Exercise with weights up to 30Kg'??? Am I reading this … chelmsfordman 'Exercise with weights up to 30Kg'??? Am I reading this correct? My nan could bench 30kg! Considering most healthy and fairly fit (not hugely overweight) individuals should be able to bench their own body weight - 30kg is way too low, I would say you would expect this set up to be stable and safe for at least 60 - 80kg, so assuming this is able to take that weight, you woudl need to buy additional weight (plus bar if previous post is correct).Still get a hot vote from me, as is the cheapest ive seen it.Seriously?? Go back to your ps3



Steady on guys. I'm playing in my PS3 now as it happens but I'd have to agree you wouldn't start out benching your own weight. I started doing 50kg when I first started about 5 months ago up to 100kg now I weigh around 85. All takes time. That being said. 30kg does seem extremely light for any workout. Can't see many people benefiting with that amount of weight. Depends what your after though. If it's definition that'd be fine for a lot of reps. Just not building muscle.

Single weights can be expensive so I'd say join a gym rather than buying this but each to their own.
Evz1974

Pfft not enough for leeparsonsisstrong to curl on one arm..



People talk big though don't they I guess. Some guy I know said he could bench 300kg, I saw him in the gym not long back struggling with 70. Testosterone fuelled macho pride, can't help themselves.
I got one from a germany company of ebay delivered for £32.99. It's top notch. Worth a look but can't post because it's sent from Germany.
jaybear88

I have heard this a number of times and I still find it funny. I don't … I have heard this a number of times and I still find it funny. I don't think I've seen a single new start to weights actually manage to lift their own weight.According to any data I've seen, untrained aim for ~80% of their bodyweight, novice ~90% and if you hit your bodyweight or above, you are considered intermediate. http://www.exrx.net/Testing/WeightLifting/BenchStandards.htmlSrsly Bro, do u evn lift?



Im 110kg, I strugle to bench 60kg. Yet i Can squat and dead-lift near 200, its all to do with the individual.
rowebin

Im 110kg, I strugle to bench 60kg. Yet i Can squat and dead-lift near … Im 110kg, I strugle to bench 60kg. Yet i Can squat and dead-lift near 200, its all to do with the individual.



I do agree to a large extent. I'm sure you could lift a lot more with training though, and looking at the table I posted, you are lifting around the correct weight for a novice anyway!
Plastic weights. Hmmm.
pointless amount of weight .....
bars not long enough but great for the money.
blackspaven

Plastic weights. Hmmm.



You get what you pay for.
Buy second hand. There's always someone wanting to get rid of a bench and a ton of weights for a small price.
This is true, fleabay is much better, just do a local search, I picked up 120kg of cast iron weights for £70 not long back, then won a set of dumbells with 20kg cast iron and a barbell with 35kg of plastic weights for.... £1.25

The biggest problem with plastic weights is the size of them, its not too bad on a barbell when you start but on dumbells they are too big and cumbersome, if you are ever serious about getting fit etc, just get some cast iron weights, a few dumbell bars and away you go, benchs are ten a penny like the one on offer here, I've made the mistake and bought one before now, wobbly as heck once you put any serious weight on the bar and more scary than anything. £50 on fleabay will probably get you a lot more value for money, though for convenience sake these would do at a push and....more importantly, if it gets you started then just do it, get started as there is no time like the present! Then, over time, just start adding and eventually upgrading. Also... one thing - get on youtube and watch some instructional videos on correct form for exercises, dont go in blind and start chucking weight around, that will only end up with you crying on the floor wondering why your shoulder is on fire - good form with light weight is the best way to start then increase your weight whilst keeping solid form, its no good swinging weights around trying to look like leeparsonsisstrong.
These things are a waste of money. My buddy bought one last year, I told him to buy a seperate bench and a cheap power cage, did he listen? No. He has already out grown the limits of his argos bench.
Shard

30Kg really isn't a lot, even for a complete beginner. If you can do a … 30Kg really isn't a lot, even for a complete beginner. If you can do a press up you can probably do that



you'd be surprised what you can do with 30kg.
its actually more than enough if your not a typical gym idiot who just does bench presses.

ideas-

put the 30kg on the bar and do 20 deep squats. nice weight for that

shoulder raises

decent for arm curls

close grip bench

for a home workout its plenty

maccamuz

you'd be surprised what you can do with 30kg.its actually more than … you'd be surprised what you can do with 30kg.its actually more than enough if your not a typical gym idiot who just does bench presses.ideas- put the 30kg on the bar and do 20 deep squats. nice weight for that shoulder raises decent for arm curls close grip bench for a home workout its plenty



It's not...like people have said you'll outgrow this so quickly it's not worth the money.

Not great for squatting either. You'd have to shoulder press the weight above your head and then lower onto your back...not great for a beginner.

Anyone looking at this or serious about training at home should just save up and invest in a power rack. A decent home gym will cost about £600 though so it's not really a comparison.
Everytime a deal like this comes up, there's always someone who make snide remarks about the 'light' weights. This equipment is obviously targeted at absolute beginners, hence the light weights. They can always buy more weights if they need.

I had one of these benches a few years before I 'upgraded' to a more expensive one. The bench is good for bench pressing, and can be folded up to save space. It can support a reasonable barbell weight.
Power rack on Amazon for £237 at the moment.... Its my next toy once I figure out where I can squeeze it into my current setup - got a life fitness cable machine thats pride of place, 2 benches, squat rack etc..Just need a power rack for when I have no spotter, sick of getting trapped under a damned barbell
For info I'm 80kg and my max bench is 100kg. I've been doing weights for years. I'm also 35 years old. I was merely pointing out that 30kg isn't really going to be enough, it's just over 4.5 stone, which if that's 70% of your body weight.....I'd advise you learn to be more polity with your replies 'bro'
londonstinks

.... I told him to buy a seperate bench and a cheap power cage....



A power cage??? Isn't that used for exercising hamsters?


Its too light and fragile for people who have been lifting for a while yes,, BUT the way I look at it is that £50 aint much to lose if you don't keep it up, if you enjoy it then buy some decent kit, its much like what I started on 30 years ago.

Mind you I was a bit worried about the bar pinning together bit.oO

IMO if its all you can afford go for it, if you have a few more quid go for this Bench solid as a rock with 250kg on it , will last a lifetime and drops down to £50 odd now and again.( I got it for £54 delivered)

Pick up some cast iron weights on gumtree, ebay, local rags etc and you have enough kit/weight for years.
They can always buy more weight, it's not like they will keep on using 30kg of weight forever. The weights could also be for a teenager, or a lady starting out, and 30kg is a good start for them. I don't see the need to say those weights are 'too light', those who are doing it will know themselves if it's not enough.

Although, if anyone is really serious about getting into weightlifting, get a sturdier bench (like above) and an olympic barbell (can go much heavier on them, and easier loading/unloading).
I've never had a shot of a bench press before... Unfortunately my gym only has free weights/dumbbells, it does have a bench press machine but thats totally different.
I'm a skinny man weighing in at 10 stone and I'm only doing 17.5kg on flat bench press with single dumbbells in each arm, so 35kg in total but I'm told on the bench its much easier?
I'd of though 30kg on a bench would be light for a newbie.

Like people said looks on eBay or gumtree, even your local ad-mag peoples always selling these king of set ups very cheap.
Poor guy stated the weights are too light and you had a go at him Lol. For £50 this is a great bench, however as he has said 30kg will not last you long for a bench press at all. An olympic bar weighs 20kg and I have yet to meet anyone struggle with it. Now I understand everyone saying you can add more weights but the size of these weights I doubt you can get much more on. It would only take you a few weight sessions to be able to get to 30kg on chest. However for bicep curls, squats etc etc they are not too bad. Honestly I would recommend buying used as others have said. I think I did 30 when i first started. But yea buy used.
Toon_army

I've never had a shot of a bench press before... Unfortunately my gym … I've never had a shot of a bench press before... Unfortunately my gym only has free weights/dumbbells, it does have a bench press machine but thats totally different.I'm a skinny man weighing in at 10 stone and I'm only doing 17.5kg on flat bench press with single dumbbells in each arm, so 35kg in total but I'm told on the bench its much easier?I'd of though 30kg on a bench would be light for a newbie.Like people said looks on eBay or gumtree, even your local ad-mag peoples always selling these king of set ups very cheap.



If you don't have a training buddy to spot you, stick to the dumbells buddy. That way if you fail then the bar doesnt drop onto you. I prefer dumbbells anyways,
Good luck doing flys with a barbell, and if you are not feeling the flys on your chest but your shoulders you are doing them wrong. I can't even imagine how you are focusing them on your shoulders o_O this may be a decent set as a step towards a gym membership tho
NeoTrix

to the non fitness types that say they can hammer the weights:I bet i can … to the non fitness types that say they can hammer the weights:I bet i can get you to nearly pass out with 30kg by making you lift it in different ways, If you use the weights right you can make 10/15kg make you feel like a fool. It's not all about the bench press. Most think a bench press is for the chest too..... Next time you do a chest workout do chest flys........ You might find that the more tageted area of the bench press focuses highly on your shoulders. unless of course you close grip.



Eh? The bench press is for your chest...I'm confused?
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