Arguably, one of the most popular movements in the fitness community is the bench press, and for good reason. In our experience, it's hard to beat the pump that comes from chest day, in fact there's a reason that Arnold referred to it as "da pump" as being as good as an orgasm.
The Rep Fitness Competition Flat Bench is capable of whatever you can throw at it, and is designed with the option to have the pad exchanged with the ever-popular Rogue Thompson Fat Pad. Undoubtedly, the Rep Fitness FB-5000 was designed as a budget alternative to the Rogue Monster Utility Bench.
From the ground up, this competition flat bench is designed with stability in mind for everyone from the average home gym owner to the competitive powerlifter. The Rep Fitness Competition Flat Bench is made with 11-gauge steel, which is the same steel that is used to make most of the racks on the market. The 11-gauge frame uses 3x3" steel, compared to Rep Fitness' standard flat bench that uses slimmer 2x2" width posts. This should allow the bench to have increased stability that's important whether you're maxing out or doing 5x5's.
Rep Fitness is also featuring a grippier top that is most similar to the Rogue Thompson Fat Pad. AND, if you'd rather use the Thompson Fat Pad, it can easily be swapped out.
The Competition FB-5000 has ensured the lifter to get a good foot position by only having the bench stand up to 17" off of the ground. This will allow a person to not only dig their feet into the ground, but also arch their back a bit more and get into their most comfortable benching position.
Another benefit of the height of the Rep FB-5000 is that it meets IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) Standards. This is important because it's 17" with the Fat Pad already on it, while the Rogue Monster Utility Bench sits at 17.5" high, without the Thompson Fat Pad. Not only does the Thompson Fat Pad add height to the Rogue Monster Utility Bench, it also increases the price by $30.
The Rep Fitness Competition Bench stretches out to be 48" long; Rep Fitness has also made sure to not have any unnecessary metal sticking out at the bottom of the bench. This is another important quality of the FB-5000, because it keeps the lifter from having to maneuver around unnecessary legs.
The base of the FB-5000 is rounded out with a steel handle and wheels to make it easy to transport the bench around your gym. Like almost all of the competition style benches available on the market, it is important to recognize this bench does not offer an adjustable feature to change the angle of the pad. So for those lifters looking to get multiple incline movements, we'd suggest checking out the Rep Fitness FID Bench.
The Rep Fitness Compettition FB-5000 appears to be a great value options for those looking at a competition style bench that can compete with more expensive options.
At $119, this is a great addition to any home gym.
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