Rogue AB-3 Adjustable Bench
Manufacturer: Rogue Fitness
Rogue sells a few different adjustable benches. Their most popular is the Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 which we've reviewed in-depth here. They also have the AB-2 and in addition to that, they have the Rogue AB-3 Adjustable FID Bench. The AB-3 is not a cheap bench by any means, but it is an incredibly well-liked bench. Nearly everyone we've talked to that has used the bench, raves about its stability, ease of use, quality, and features. However, we really only think it's worth the cost for those who have a big budget to spend on a bench and plan to use the decline feature.
One of the biggest benefits of buying Rogue Fitness equipment is that you pretty much know what you're going to get. It's going to be heavy, overbuilt, made in the USA (most of the time; this bench is pretty much entirely made in the US) and have a spectacular resale value if you ever decide you no longer want it. Oh, and it will also come in any color you want so long as the color you want is black; thanks Henry Ford.
The AB-3 FID Bench is a beast with a max weight capacity of well over 1,000 LB and weighs in at 130 LB which is one of the heaviest benches on our list. It has a full steel frame based on a similar design as the Nebula 1080 Utility Bench, uses a pin pop style adjustment system with 9 adjustable back positions and 6 adjustable seat pad positions. It's honestly rather simple in its design, which leads to increased rigidity and fewer things to go wrong over time.
The top of the bench pad is 18" from the ground to the top of the pad which is an inch taller than we prefer, but is the required height based upon the design. The pad is extremely firm with a premium vinyl used on the top that is pretty grippy and also looks quite good. Under the seat pad is a swivel handle that allows the bench to be moved easily, but "swivels" out of the way when not in use.
Unlike our Top Pick, the AB-3 Adjustable Bench does have a decline option. There is a removable foot catch that allows the bench to be used for decline bench pressing, decline situps, and can go in a lot of decline positions thanks to the 9 adjustable back positions. Although we haven't noticed many issues on the version we tested, we have heard from others who left reviews on the bench that the rollers are prone to tearing. Rogue typically takes care of the first major issue, but over time, they may end up charging if it's a consistent problem. We haven't noticed this from many people, but it is something to be wary of considering this bench costs over $1,000 when you factor in shipping.
Overall the Rogue AB-3 Adjustable Bench is one of the best on the market, but it's also quite pricey.
Pros & Cons
9 Reasons To Buy
- The Rogue AB-3 Adjustable Bench is the premiere bench Rogue sells that is well-loved by practically all who can afford it.
- Weighing in at 117 LB, the AB-3 is incredibly stout and stable at practically all bar loads.
- Includes 9 back adjustment angles and 6 seat adjustment angles which makes it easy to hit various parts of your chest during bench pressing.
- There’s an optional leg roller that turns the bench into a decline bench making it an FID Bench.
- There are wheels and a handle that makes the bench easily maneuverable.
- The height of the bench when flat is 18” which is pretty close to the 17” IPF Powerlifting Standard.
- Fully made in the USA of US-sourced steel.
- The frame of the bench is fully welded, making it practically bomb-proof.
- The vinyl on the benchtop is thick, long-lasting, and has a decent grip.
2 Reasons Not To Buy
- The AB-3 is over $1,000 for most people when shipped which is very expensive.
- The gap between the seat and back pad is quite large.
The Rogue AB-3 Adjustable Bench introduces a new decline setting to go along with the 50 seat and back-rest position combinations from the popular AB-2. Ideally suited for dynamic training or for gyms serving multiple athletes, this compact, 11-gauge steel weight bench offers a rare combination of sturdiness and maneuverability, with boundless customization options.The AB-3 Bench is built in the USA, and is a direct descendent of the time-tested Nebula 1080 Utility Bench. This design features an updated spine construction that allows for the connection of a telescoping foot catch assembly. The foot catch locks firmly into place using a pop pin, and sets the user up for movements including the decline bench, decline dumbbell press, and decline sit-ups, among others.Other standard features on the AB-3 Adjustable Bench include load-bearing rubber feet for stability, cordura edges for enhanced durability, and a convenient handle and wheels for easy mobility.
- Made In USA
- Product Weight
- 117 LB
- Steel Notes
- 2x2" and 3x3" 11-Gauge Steel
- Foot Print
- 51.25" x 22.5"
- Pad Width
- Pad Thickness
- Weight Capacity
- 1,000 + LB
- Amount of Adjustable Positions
- 9 Back, 6 Seat