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Rep AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench

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  • The AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench from Rep Fitness is one of the most creative and best value “higher-end” FID benches on the market.
  • Utilizing a patented slide system, Rep has made it so the gap between the seat pad and back pad which is notorious in adjustable benches is virtually eliminated at all angles.
  • The height of the AB-5000 ZERO GAP is 17.5” from the floor to the top of the pad, which is one of the lowest heights available for an adjustable bench.
  • The vinyl is the same as what’s found on Rep’s FB-5000 which is our Top Pick for the best flat bench for most people as of this writing. This is a change since our first review where we asked Rep to improve it.
  • 11-gauge steel is used throughout the welded frame which makes for an extremely sturdy pressing platform.
  • There are 7 back pad adjustments and 4 seat adjustments that all include laser-cut degree markings on a stainless steel wear guard. This is uncommonly well done for this price of weight bench.
  • The front handle is coated in urethane for grip and wear and there are wheels in the back for ease of moving around.
  • Although not a designed feature, the AB-5000 stands up just fine to save space when not in use.
  • 1,000 LB+ benchers can rejoice because this will hold any weight you can put on the barbell.
  • Assembly was very simple with only a few basic bolt-on parts. Most of the bench is welded or comes pre-assembled.
  • This Olympic bench can decline to make it an FID bench if you buy the optional leg roller attachment making it great for both decline bench and ab movements like decline sit-ups.
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  • The bench is heavy, which may be annoying for some to move around.
  • There are a lot of moving parts making the bench more likely to have problems (although after using it and reviewing it over the past year, it still performs like it did on day one.)
  • At over $500 with shipping, although still a good value, it’s not a “cheap” bench.
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    The Rep Fitness AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench is one of the best value FID benches we’ve ever reviewed. There are a ton of unique features like the patented ZERO GAP seat design, grippy vinyl, and the ability to do decline movements. Although we prefer the Rep AB-5200, it’s not by a significant amount. This is a great bench and one we recommend to our readers who like the ability to close the bench gap and can afford the price point.

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    Written Review

    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.

    • 11 gauge steel frame with a 1,000 lb capacity
    • 7 back pad adjustments and 4 seat pad adjustments with laser-cut degree markings on a stainless steel wear guard
    • 17.5″ to top of pad in flat position. Footprint is 21" x 57"
    • 12" Back Pad Width
    • Unique pop-pin and bearing system adjustment for zero gap between seat and back pad. Adjusts in 1 second
    • Urethane grip handle and wheels for easy maneuverability
    • Simple 20-minute assembly with a wrench and allen key (provided). 4 bolts attaching the base to frame, and 10 bolts attaching pads to frame.

    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.

    Product Description

    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.

    • 11 gauge steel frame with a 1,000 lb capacity
    • 7 back pad adjustments and 4 seat pad adjustments with laser cut degree markings on a stainless steel wear guard
    • 17.5″ to top of pad in flat position.  Footprint is 21" x 57"
    • 12" Back Pad Width  
    • Unique pop-pin and bearing system adjustment for zero gap between seat and back pad. Adjusts in 1 second
    • Urethane grip handle and wheels for easy maneuverability
    • Simple 20 minute assembly with a wrench and allen key (provided). 4 bolts attaching the base to frame, and 10 bolts attaching pads to frame.
    • Everything else is pre-assembled

    Specifications

    Made In USA

    No

    Color

    Varies

    Height

    17.5"

    Steel Notes

    11-Gauge

    Pad Width

    12"

    Weight Capacity

    1,000 LB

    Adjustable Back Positions

    7

    Adjustable Seat Positions

    4

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