CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench
- Fitness bench with 4 adjustable positions
- Upright, flat, incline, and decline settings.Dumbbell holder offers easy access to weights
- Foam-covered handgrips for comfort during leg raises
- Weight capacity of 300 pounds
- Kindly refer to page 8 of user manual for assembly instructions
Vary your workout with 4 different flat, incline, and decline positions
Sturdy foot placement for safety and durability
Increase your agility, build strength, and improve your endurance
Features dumbbell holders for easy access and storage
Bench weighs only 26 lbs.
A fine piece of equipment for a home gym with limited space
Multi-position bench. Durable heavy-gauge steel frame. Dense foam padding. Accommodates user and weights up to 300 lbs.. Some assembly required. 49.61L x 24.8W x 41H inches. Manufacturer’s warranty included (see product guarantee).
About CAP Barbell
CAP Barbell is a leading distributor and provider of fitness equipment. Launched in 1982 with a small inventory of free weights and benches, CAP Barbell has grown over the past 20+ years to include more than 600 products in 10 categories. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CAP Barbell is dedicated to providing quality fitness equipment at competitive prices, by constructively designing, accurately testing, and manufacturing its products to perfection.
Reviews of CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench
Review 1 – A Great Workout Bench
CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench is a surprisingly sturdy, lightweight bench to use for dumbbell exercises. Not only is it affordable, but it is easier to put together than the average treadmill. The manual’s instructions for putting the bench together are clear and easy to follow, and it offers good advice on how to get started coming up with an exercise routine. The bench’s backrest is adjustable (a hard-to-find but important feature), so you can do the full range of dumbbell exercises.
Customers should know before buying that the CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench is designed to support a maximum user weight of 250 lbs with a combined dumbbell weight of 100 lbs. So, although you cannot use this bench for lifting massive weights, it is ideal for people who are just starting out or who are focusing on fitness instead of extreme bodybuilding.
Well, it has been a little over a year since I have been using this bench. I started out using 5-pound dumbbells with it at least 5 days a week. Now I am able to use 25-pound dumbbells on the same routine. Not once have I had the slightest bit of trouble with the bench. Durable? I would have to say so. My original 4-star rating still stands.
Alright, I decided to do one last update for this review. What’s the reason? Honestly, I still feel like you could not find a better bench to start weightlifting with for the price and quality, and I want to give you my take on what negative reviewers are saying. Here are some of the charges against the bench: a weird chemical smell, missing parts, rusted parts, wobbliness. First of all, let me tell you that any product that is shipped from a warehouse is likely to have a different smell. Ever been to the outdoors department at a retailer? Then you know what I’m talking about.
The CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench will smell different at first, but that scent will eventually dissipate altogether. So, you don’t have to worry that the bench is somehow lethally toxic. But when I received my bench, were there any rusted or missing parts? No. Everything was there as expected. As for wobbliness, I tend to think that this issue really depends on the skill of the person assembling the bench. You do a poor job, you get a poor result. Makes sense, right? C’mon people, let’s be rational. I encourage you to read what other positive reviewers are saying about this bench if you still have any doubts.
Review 2 – Great Value Bench
1. ASSEMBLY GUIDELINES: Assembling this is NOT like assembling a piece of Ikea furniture. This kit does not include the tools you need to complete the job and if you’ve never turned a wrench before, you’re gonna have a bad time. I’m moderately handy and was able to put it together in just under 40 minutes. The tools needed to assemble this easily are: 13mm, 14mm, 17mm x2, 19mm(or 3/4″)x2 wrenches or sockets, and a knife.
Two adjustable wrenches would work, but won’t be nearly as easy. If you have no tools and can’t borrow any from a friend or neighbor, go ahead and budget in an extra $10-$15 to get the basics you need to put the CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench together. There was one review about the nuts being the type that can’t tighten all the way. They are like that by design; they have a little plastic thing that keeps them from spinning freely, so you have to use a wrench to tighten them. This keeps them from loosening on their own and keeps the bench together/stable over time (they are higher quality nuts).
The knife is for opening the packages and trimming away any wood in the way of the screw holes on the back of the bench. One last tip about assembling this thing: for each section, start all the bolts and nuts BEFORE you crank them down tight. If something doesn’t fit, it’s because it isn’t lined up correctly and you need the thing to be wobbly so that you can wiggle everything into place and get all the bolts started before you crank everything down. This was most important for getting the back support all put together. This technique is really one of the basic keys to putting stuff together without troubles and should be done with everything.
2. Stability and Size: I’m 6’1″ weighing in at 170lbs. The exercises I’ve seen other benches struggle with the most are weighted incline situps. I grab a 20lb plate, hold it behind my head and do situps left, center, right. Benches tend to twist to the left/right on those situps and it is most unsettling. This CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench did not twist at all! So, I can now do that exercise much more comfortably. The bench is small, but it supports my head and is narrow enough that I can get nice and low with my presses. A bigger bench gives me a little more confidence, but I’m sure I’ll work up to that with this little guy, too.
3. Folding and Storage: This area was the only area that the bench disappointed me in. I was hoping it’d fold somewhere in the middle to get shorter, rather than just flatter. When it is folded, it is still the full length, it is just flat. Either way, it still fits in my closet with my weights and sandbags. Without looking in the closet, you’d never know I have a gym in my 700 sq. ft. apartment.
All-in-all I’m very pleased with this product. It was packaged well and only took 1 day to arrive (I live in a beach city near LA, so my proximity to it’s source explains that). It is sturdy and fits in my closet, exactly what I was looking for!
Review 3 – VERY sturdy and well-built, does more than benches 8 times the price, holds more weight then you’d think…but…
I’d been looking at benches for quite some time now that I’ve gotten more into strength training than I’d ever been before and decided the space in my workout room was worth it…
Most were simply a bench. Some had ankle support…I was eyeing a $250 when I came across this one …that had more.
Now granted the CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench has a weight limit on it, but I think that’s more because you can do sit ups on this one and to support very heavy weight may require a wider bench of more weight…but this is very heavy and other than that, it seems like it would work with twice the weight limit.
I LOVE the backrest moving up and down…in simply a flip of your hand…all the way down for situps, a bench, flip around with the back all the way and face the other direction laying on the seat and raise and lower your legs for core work, lean on the bench or lay on it for arm work…it was solid but I think that takes a lot of work to get to that…with a two-man building team which I’ll touch on in a moment.
In the photo it looks like this is red, it’s actually a dark tan faux leather with ample padding and a yellow logo. What you may not notice in the photo is that it also has 4 hooks underneath that hold two dumbbells for easy access.
There is even a one step way of folding this up for easy storage via one pin.
To me, it’s phenomenal al this has for the price…far more than the ones way more expensive. That said, I know why.
You are paying for convenience to pay more…this is a two-person job putting together and that’s coming from someone who puts every piece of furniture etc together in this house because I have a world of patience and ability to read directions…but you have to have one person hold a wrench as another tightens it (tip: use a ratchet set and a wrench rather than 2 wrrenches).
And you have to decipher the directions they haven’t updated…like it tells you to put together a few pieces in the directions that they already put together and they labeled a part number 30 in the directions but there is no part labeled number 30,,it was 20…but get past all that and you have a superior bench.
That said, using two people to ensure that every screw is uner taught is something you have to do in a weight bench…you want it sturdy. We did so and this is incredibly solid. But I also have a horrid bruise days later on my index finger from fighting to ensure it was all tight and that wasn’t easy and took time with a wrench that slipped and grabbed my finger instead.
Conclusion: It took an hour and 2 people to put the CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench together (not actually doing it but figuring and reading the directions along the way very carefully) but I saved over $200 from the bench I almost got that did far less and I couldn’t be happier. If you have patience and know how to tighten a bolt, I’d say you’ll love it. If you bench an estreme amount of weight or want to throw things if it takes you longer to build something, I’d say go with a commercial bench.
I wish they’d made the middle 2 pieces one piece…that was the hardest part but I think they split it into 2 to make it ship in a more compact box but I think they could charge more if more pieces were put together prior–For me, I love the CAP Barbell Flat-Incline-Decline Bench and building it was a bit like labor pains…you may hear some cussing out of character during, but it feels worth it in the end.
Ordinarily for the building time I’d knock off a star in my review, but I feel they compensated for that by putting so much into a bench that costs so little…so I feel they took this into account and it made it worth it for me.