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As is evidenced by our other picks, Rep Fitness is no stranger to the adjustable bench market. However, the Rep AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench is one of the best adjustable benches currently on the market.
We've reviewed their other benches in depth including the bench we previously recommended as the best value bench, the Rep AB-3000 FID Adjustable Bench.
The Rep FID Bench, although a great bench for the price, certainly left some room for wants. It didn't use a selectorized pin, had a slick and somewhat cheap benchtop, and lacked some of the refinement you find on benches thrice its price...but then again the benches are two to four times its price and in all reality, does pretty much the same functions.
But, here was the big issue previously faced, you either went with a bench in the $300 range like the Rep AB-3000 or...you upgraded all the way up to a bench like the Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 for near $600 or the AB-2/AB-3 for $800+. That's a BIG difference when we're talking about an item that gives you a solid platform to press against.
With about as dramatic of an entrance that can be made (Rep began teasing this bench over 6 months ago) the Rep Fitness AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench and it's cheaper sister, the AB-5100 bench we're revealed at sub $500 price-points. Rep knew what they were doing in pricing these benches the way they did as they will now pretty much own the in-between market for anyone looking to buy a high-quality adjustable bench without having to drop more on their bench than they did on their rack.
Let's dig into the benches features and build quality.
As the specs indicate, the top of the bench pad to the floor is 17.5". That's a .5" shorter than the competitor Rogue AB-2 Bench, which although small, is incredibly noticeable during flat benching for someone, like myself, who is under 6'. Rep Fitness has noticed some of the mistakes that Rogue has made with their benches (for instance, the Rogue Monster Utility Bench with Fat Pad is nearly 20" tall) and try to correct them with their products. The height of a bench is incredibly important and anyone who actually trains knows this.
Far and away, the separator for this bench from the AB-5100 is the sliding bench seat. Rep Fitness absolutely knocked it out of the park with this feature. I was really worried that the slider would lead to a lot of play in the seat, not slide smoothly, not line up with the back pad, and just be a nice idea on paper, but not practical in the real world. However, I couldn't have been more wrong. The Zero Gap feature works so well, I foresee many companies copying the idea.
The seat pad features four adjustment angles including dropping down to clear room for decline work. The back pad has seven adjustment angles from 0-90 degrees. When flat, the bench rests on a vertical post that is yet another feature to increase the stability of the bench. I love how little side to side play there is, especially compared to the Rep AB-3000, and this bench isn't even that much more expensive than it.
The initial bench that was released used a textured top, but it was still slick. However, after seeing our review and likely hearing from customers, Rep has now switched over their vinyl to the grippy vinyl that’s used on the FB-5000. This is a big upgrade and one I’m very happy to see.
In use, the AB-5000 Bench is just about as good as you'd want an adjustable bench to be. It even has an optional leg attachment that allows the bench to be used for decline pressing, sit-up work, and even Nordic curls.
Overall, we highly recommend the Rep AB-5000 ZERO GAP or AB-5100 Bench to anyone that wants a high-quality bench at a reasonable price. In buying things for your garage gym, we typically suggest buying the best you can afford the first time. This time, we recommend buying this bench even if you can afford more because in reality, there's not much of a reason to spend more.
The REP AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench is the best adjustable bench, period. Commercial grade paint, steel, vinyl, and padding is combined with rock solid stability. Our flagship adjustable bench incorporates a unique patent-pending adjustment mechanism for zero pad gap in all positions. The seat is able to slide along the frame and completely eliminate the traditional annoying seat gap found on virtually all competing products.