Initially intended for commercial use, the Fitbench One combines safety, versatility and durability in a smart design that encapsulates many workout tools in one compact training system. Essentially, it is a weight bench with a storage unit inside, anchor points, a dumbbell rack outside and caster locking wheels on the bottom. The rack system for the weights is noteworthy as it is covered with a plastic, which protects the knurling on the straight handle dumbbells. If you are someone who prefers a barbell for most lifts, you will appreciate the straight handled design of these weights.
The Fitbench One features a high density polyurethane top that elevates to eight positions for even more exercise versatility. It also doubles as a plyo box and is extremely stable when used for box jumps or other HIIT movements on a box. The best part about the inclining bench pad is how it closes. The gas-shock closing mechanism is soft, quiet and ensures it will not break down from closing too hard over and over again.
The Fitbench comes equipped with a plethora of training tools. Included in your purchase are dumbbells weighing 5 to 30 pounds in 5-pound increments, an 18- and 30-pound kettlebell, a 15-pound slam ball and six resistance bands. That’s over 250 pounds of equipment loaded onto a hefty 225-pound training station. The brand’s version of the battle rope, the Fitrope, can also be purchased for an additional $160. Featuring 14 anchor points, the Fitrope is a worthwhile add-on if you are planning to use this system for any functional or high intensity training. Truly, the options for HIIT workouts and strength exercises on this bad boy are endless.
That said, the Fitbench does have its limitations.
For a whopping $2,895 plus an additional couple hundred for shipping, the Fitbench is not only super pricey but also falls short in several noteworthy areas. For one, the dumbbells only go up to 30 pounds, which does not allow for any sort of heavy strength training. With a height of 20 inches, the profile feels high for a large chunk of the population who would be using it (a typical bench is around 17 inches high). The width on the Fitbench is also quite a bit larger than traditional weight benches. This can feel limiting when performing chest specific exercises (think chest press).
The high density foam bench pad is extremely comfortable, durable and versatile. But, lacking a seat pad for when inclined, some users may find the incline options uncomfortable. There is also room for some aesthetic improvements. The incline numbers really should be laser cut and the logo is not done well which are not deal breakers. But, let’s be honest, if you are dropping close to 3k on a piece of equipment, every detail should be high quality.