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Rogue AB-3 Adjustable Bench

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Manufacturer: Rogue Fitness

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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.

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