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A good adjustable weight bench is a key piece of equipment in both commercial and home gyms.
Its versatility allows you to use it for many different exercises and train many different body parts.
It can be used for bench pressing, shoulder pressing, and doing dumbbell flys.
It can also be used as a stabilization point when doing your dumbbell rows whether you like a 3-point stance version or keeping one knee on the bench.
It’s also a great place to have a seat and relax between sets while you scroll Instagram on your phone. Hey, you gotta do something to pass the time right?
But as always, with so many different options to choose from, how do we go about deciding which one is the best one for us?
In this article, I am going to go over just one of the many, many options out there.
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|Great price. Perfect for someone without a large budget or just getting into a fitness lifestyle.|
|Easy to adjust and folds up neatly. Great for someone with limited space.|
|Has held up very well throughout consistent usage.|
|May not be the best choice for lifters looking to use super heavy weights, but should work just fine for most people.|
Specs & Dimensions
This adjustable bench came 99% assembled right out of the box. The only work I needed to do was attach the foot rest, which was very simple.
It was just a matter of sliding the threaded rod attached to the foot rest through one of the pre-drilled holes, and spinning a threaded knob on tightly by hand.
Let’s get a bit into the dimensions.
The length of this bench when in the flat position is about 50 in. (127cm).
The length of the seat from front to back is 17.5 in. (44.45 cm).
The model that I own has 3 different seat positions.
There is about a 2 in. (5.1 cm) gap in-between the back of the seat and the bottom of the backrest when opened up in the flat position. I personally have not felt any discomfort from this when lying flat on this bench and pressing.
The backrest is about 30 in. (76.2 cm).
The model I own has a backrest that is adjustable to up to 7 different positions.
From the floor to the top of the backrest when in the upright position is about 48 in. (121.9 cm)
Foot width is about 16 in. (40.6 cm)
When folded, it stands about 32.5 in (82.6 cm) high, 15.5 in. (39.4 cm) front-to-back, and about 16 in. (40.6 cm) wide.
Main Criteria & Details
These are the main factors we are going to focus on when reviewing this adjustable weight bench:
When it comes to functionality, we will look at how easy it is to adjust this bench, as well as how many different angles and options it gives you for exercises you may want to perform.
Stability is going to be focused on how sturdy this adjustable bench has felt during use.
Durability will be checking out how well this adjustable bench has held up over the last year and a half or so of constant use.
Lastly, we will talk about price, and where this bench falls on the spectrum of affordability and quality.
While shopping for an adjustable weight bench, I wanted something that gave me both incline and decline options as well the standard flat.
The Flybird bench offers plenty, and switching between positions is simple and quick with a pull-pin design that slides smoothly along the track until you make your selection.
Another perk of this bench that I really love is that it folds up nicely and doesn’t take up very much space at all. This is great for an apartment or a small garage or basement gym.
There is a locking pin that inserts at the fold-up point that keeps it from completely opening up while you have it folded.
Something worth mentioning is the legs and feet of this adjustable bench. The front and back legs of this bench are in a T shape, with each foot having a plastic cap on each end.
I have found that the plastic caps tend to sometimes pop off while in use. This hasn’t been a big deal for me at all, as I just pop them back on again with no problem.
I’m sure if I wanted to, I could glue them on and solve the problem permanently, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.
While speaking of the legs and feet, I have also had the bench slide along the floor a bit while using it. This most often happens when I’m using leg drive and pushing my feet into the floor on a hard set.
The way I have handled this is to put something heavy against the back leg of the bench evenly on both sides to prevent it from sliding. I use a 25 lb plate per side.
We want to feel safe and sturdy while performing our exercises. Nobody wants to be wobbling around while benching, it takes away from focusing on the exercise and can be dangerous as well.
Changing back angles on this bench is quick and easy, and gives you a solid “click” each time you enter a new selection hole. I will say that even when locked into a position, you will be able to jiggle the backrest up and down some by hand. However, once I am in position on the backrest, there is no movement or shaking.
The Flybird bench does well overall in this area to the extent in which I’ve used it. I have been able to incline bench 75 lb dumbbells and flat bench 85 lb dumbbells with no issues getting into position and performing multiple sets.
The only potential negative I will highlight is, as mentioned earlier, that the bench can potentially slide on you while performing an exercise.
The specs of this bench state that it can handle a max load of 800 lbs (363 kg).
I have not approached anywhere near this amount of weight while using this bench so I cannot speak on the accuracy of this statement.
I have also never done any bench pressing with a barbell on this bench and have used dumbbells exclusively.
I am of a smaller frame, standing about 5’4 and weighing about 160 lbs (72.6 kg) and have been able to use a max of 85 lb (38.6 kg) dumbbells over and over with no issues.
If you are looking for a reliable set of dumbbells and plate combo, check out this article that I wrote about the current setup that I am using.
I have been using this bench for just about a year and a half now at the time of publishing this article, with a use rate of at least 2 to 3 times per week, and it has held up very well so far.
The faux leather covering has held up very well with no significant tears, rips, or scratches.
The inner padding still feels comfortable and supportive while both sitting and lying on it as well.
The only noticeable area of degradation is the foot support. Over time, it has become a bit loose from repeatedly driving my feet into it while incline and overhead pressing.
For me, this hasn’t been a major issue at all, and does not hinder my ability to use them for stability and support.
The Flybird Adjustable Weight Bench is currently priced at $118.99 at the time of publishing this article, and for me personally, is a great value at that price.
You are getting a solid piece of equipment that allows you to hit your chest from many different angles, as well as an upright position for things like shoulder presses and seated lateral raises.
Not to mention just how well it’s held up throughout the time I’ve been using it.
While it may not be a premium bench that is commercial gym-grade, or for someone looking to load it up with substantial weight, at this price it definitely fits the bill for most people who are looking to get good workouts in, especially those with limited space.
Overall, the Flybird Adjustable Weight Bench is a great product that will be able to fit the needs of most people.
This can be a great pick-up as an entry-level bench as you begin your fitness journey and upgrade later on if necessary, or you might find that this adjustable bench is all that you need for the long haul and remains serving you for years to come.
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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article is intended to be medical or health advice. Always consult with a qualified physician before taking part in any exercise or fitness regimen.