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This review of the Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 is done by our friend, Brandon Campbell Diamond. You can subscribe to him on YouTube here.
The Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 is one of the first pieces of equipment that I bought, which also happens to be one of the most expensive, in fact, outside of my Rogue Monster Lite RML-690. That's saying a lot considering how much money I've spent on this home gym, so let's get right into it and find out if I have 99 problems and a bench is or isn't one of them.
The Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 Is a heavy-duty multi-functional piece of equipment for any home or even commercial gym. The heft of this cannot be understated nor can the build quality. It's made from 2x3" 11-gauge steel similar to Rogues Infinity Line of Squat Racks and it weighs in at a whopping 128 pounds.
If the weight hasn't given it away yet, this thing is incredibly sturdy and even though it's considered portable, when you're using it, it's going to feel like it's bolted to the ground. The overall footprint of this bench is 54.5 inches long and the top is 17.5 inches high when flat. The pad is 11 1/4" wide. The bench also includes a convenient handle and wheels to assist in moving this beast and although the wheels and handle are a nice touch, I feel like they don't match the heft of the bench and I would have liked to see something a bit better in this area. Now, obviously, this bench is meant to be used in both flat and inclined positions. The bench offers six incline positions varying from zero degrees to 85 degrees and the seat offers two different positions as well. We reached out to Rogue and found that the incline positions are as follows:
0º (flat), 30º, 47º, 61º, 76º, and 85º
I personally only found myself using about half of the available positions on the bench, which I would guess is similar to most other people. The positions I use are flat, the first incline position which is 30 degrees and 85 degrees for shoulder pressing. Now speaking of incline, the second seat position is a lot lower than most other benches in the category. I would say one is flat and the other is not as flat, so I would expect some more options here.
The pad on the bench is very nice as well. Not only is it firm, but it's pretty grippy and in more than two years that I've owned it, it's held up extremely well with no soft spots, cracking or anything else. One of the other things that sold me on the bench is the lack of a gap between the upper and lower pads on most adjustable benches. I'm used to seeing a large gap to accommodate a movement, which oftentimes is in the worst spot when trying to flat bench and extremely uncomfortable. It's not as tight as the Rep AB-5000 ZERO GAP Adjustable Bench, but it's pretty good all things considered.
But on the Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 you end up with an almost zero gap making it seem like it's a dedicated flat bench, which is really nice. There's also a newly released spotter deck that you can add on and be purchased for an additional $95 which I don't own because I train alone in my basement by myself, but for those that train with partners, it's another good option. Not only is it a great piece of equipment, but it’s also one of the best adjustable benches on the market and maybe one of the best flat benches on the market in my opinion. The stability provided by the heft behind it, the zero gap between the seat and bench pad as well as the vinyl, and foam on the pad itself make this a winner. In fact, there's a point in time where I was looking at switching this out for our dedicated flat bench, but there was nothing on the market that could compete with what I already had. Rep Fitness has since come out with the FB-5000 that I now use, but before that, there really was nothing better.
Even though there are some cons, like its lack of adjustability and maybe it's lack of portability, it more than makes up for in the flat bench aspects of it and it's nice heft and build quality. Now, with all that being said, I still can't recommend that most just go out and buy it. Even though this is one of the best adjustable benches on the market, I don't suggest many people go and get it. And, that's mainly due to its cost. It costs roughly $550 and because of that heft, which was so good in many of the aspects that we look for in a bench, it's really bad in others. Mainly in the fact that, for me, it added another $150, so the cost which brings the total investment to around $700, and even though this is a really nice bench, for many people I think you'll be better off looking at something that maybe doesn't have as nice as features or as nice as build quality and it's going to be a little bit less expensive overall.
I know cost is something that we all take into consideration when building a home gym, but that doesn't mean it's totally out of line for some people. So, if money's no object, then this might be the bench for you, or if you're looking for the best available in the market, this also may be the bench for you. Or, if you're like me and when I got this bench was also buying a lot of other equipment from Rogue, like my rack, my barbells, my weight plates, and I had a total order of several thousand pounds and I already had to pay shipping on that, adding a 130-pound bench really didn't hurt the bottom line.
So, the Rogue Adjustable Bench 2.0 is a great piece of equipment, but for many people, the price point just puts it out of reach.
24.5" x 54.5"
1,000 + LB
6 Back, 2 Seat