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    Decline Bench Suggestions

    Currently looking for a decline bench. Ideally, I would like a bench that declines approx. 10-15% and then to the max level (for abs exercises). I would like to keep the price below $300 as I am not a heavy lifter. Also, I am 6 feet tall and weight around 160lbs.


    I really like the Rep Fitness FIB, but I don't think the decline ability works for me, so that one is probably out. So, I am looking at the RitFit adjustable bench as that seems pretty close to what I need.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you in advance
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    There are some potential drawbacks to decline ab work that you may want to research. Most notably, stress on your hip flexors and lower back. Even if you feel it's worthwhile, I'd hesitate to invest in a FID bench if that's your primary use.

    Regardless, the Ironmaster Super Bench Pro is the one I own and love. It would be my top pick. Rep makes great benches as well, though occasional quality control issues make me hesitant to recommend.

    I've never heard of RitFit.
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    Hi radar - and thank you for the quick response. Well, maybe I should do a bit more research on the pros and cons of decline ab work. Maybe it is best to avoid. But, I did want the slight decline to do some decline chest work (flys/presses).

    As a side — I actually own and Iron Master bench. It is the standard Super Bench…not the pro and I have had it for many years now. I looked at their ‘crunch’ attachment and it appears that I would have to take it on and off a bit during the workout as it would interfere with some other exercises I would want to do with my lat pulldown machine. Moreover, it looked like it might need to be removed when doing just flat presses as it seems I may potentially hit my head on it.

    The FitRit one is on Amazon. It's probably fairly cheaply made - but again, I really don't need to spend a lot of money on one.

    Again, thank you for your time. Pete
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    Facebook Marketplace. You can easily find a commercial decline bench in great condition with a $300 budget.
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    Originally Posted by Duplicitous View Post
    Facebook Marketplace. You can easily find a commercial decline bench in great condition with a $300 budget.
    This. I picked up a Hoist CF-2165 for $80. The Rep Fitness AB-3000 appears to be a clone of it.
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    Ill throw my two cents in here.
    First on the decline bench make sure if you get one that the part that holds the legs is adjustable up and down,and in and outward.
    I have a really good decline but that part is fixed and it sucks doing some things.
    I wouldn't invest in it unless your going to be doing other exercises with it.

    The other thing is if your getting it for abs you may want to try doing ab work on a BOSU ball(half exercise ball).
    You can do leg raises,sit up/crunch on these with feet anchored under DB's or behind them with the heels to take hip flexors out of the movement.
    The BOSU is one of my go to abdominal tools as it never disappoints when it comes to ab pain.
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    Thank you all for the great suggestions. I will definitely keep my eye on FB marketplace b_f_l and the local Craigslist. I've looked a few times before -- but really hadn't seen anything. I guess COVID has really reduced the supply of good, used equipment.

    GR -- that is great advice regarding the leg adjustments. I can certainly see that as being an issue. As for the BOSU ball - I have not looked into that at all. Will do some research tonight. That just may work for some of my needs.


    Thanks again all, Pete
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    Originally Posted by die_kruzen View Post
    Thank you all for the great suggestions. I will definitely keep my eye on FB marketplace b_f_l and the local Craigslist. I've looked a few times before -- but really hadn't seen anything. I guess COVID has really reduced the supply of good, used equipment.

    GR -- that is great advice regarding the leg adjustments. I can certainly see that as being an issue. As for the BOSU ball - I have not looked into that at all. Will do some research tonight. That just may work for some of my needs.


    Thanks again all, Pete
    COVID has significantly increased the supply of used commercial equipment, but it's also driven demand (and thus pricing) way up. There are still deals to be had, but they go fast.
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