Recently I’ve been reviewing a lot of non-commercial weight benches, usually those which are quite affordable. However, some of you have pointed out that I should review from time to time something either commercially-graded or at least designed for heavy weightlifting use. That’s why I’ve decided to get a good look at Rep Fitness AB-3000 light-commercial weight bench.
This particular adjustable weight bench and other light-commercial equipment is meant for home-gym or non-crowded public gyms. I believe light-commercial grade is a great innovation in case you want something of great quality for your home gym, yet it is still relatively affordable. Alternatively, if you have just opened a smaller public gym, this kind of equipment goes a long way.
REP Fitness brand has been on the market for a very long time along with AB-3000 FID weight bench, and that alone says something about its quality. But we are interested in the facts, right?
Features of REP FITNESS AB-3000 FID weight bench
The frame of the bench is made of heavy-duty steel, ASTM rated with the support of 1000 lbs (453.6 kg). Thickness of the steel ranges from part to part, from 7-gauge to 14-gauge.
Full adjustability of the bench offers flat, incline and decline positions in a total of 7 positions, ranging from 85-degree incline to -20-degree decline. The seat offers 4 different positions and provides ergonomic support.
The entire bench (seat, back-pad, foot roller) uses upgraded (2019 version) pad made of ultra grippy fabric, which has anti-slip design.
Note: Older version of REP Fitness AB-3000 weight bench used vinyl for pads, which is no longer the case with the 2019 version.
Back-pad’s wide side at the shoulders measures 11.5 inches (29.2 cm) and the distance from the top side of the pad (flat position) to the ground is 17.5 inches (44.5 cm). REP FITNESS also designed the bench to have a very minimal gap between the seat-pad and the back-pad. The assembled dimensions in the flat position are 54″ x 26″ x 17.5″ (137.2 x 66 x 44.5 cm) and the empty weight is 85 lbs (38.6 kg).
The back-base is equipped with transportation wheels for easy portability.
REP FITNESS offers 10-year frame warranty and 30-days pads warranty. The US brand is currently based in Denver, Colorado.
What Are Users Saying?
REP Fitness AB-3000 FID Adjustable Bench comes mostly pre-assembled. Of course, make sure to double-check if the bolts are properly tightened to avoid any unwanted surprises. Most users suggest using socket wrench and you should be good to go in a couple of minutes. With that being said, several users reported having issues locating and tightening bolts properly as the instructions didn’t address this. That’s why I’ve included the original assembly video.
I’ve scoured the market for negative reviews regarding the sturdiness and found only two. Both of them were pointing out bad welding at the seat-pad. However, both reviews had the older vinyl-pad bench version, not the newest version. Another thing is that this welding issue seems to be a problem with 1 in 200, so hopefully, you won’t be the unlucky one.
Considering the dimensions, users ranging from 5’3” to 6’4” have no problems using the bench. Besides length and width, one of the most important specs is the height – 17.5 inches. IPF (International Powerlifting Federation) recommends height of weight benches to be between 16.5” and 17.75”, which AB-3000 FID uses.
The ultra-grippy pad is rather soft, but still very durable. I believe that there will be several users among you who will find the pads too soft, though.
Lastly, the transportation wheels are a great bonus, considering the 85 lbs weight of the bench, which is not very portable on its own.
Pros and Cons
Let’s summarize all the information from above.
Rating: 4.7 / 5
Would I recommend REP FITNESS AB-3000 FID adjustable bench? I certainly would. I for one, don’t mind softer pads and since you have assembly videos at your disposal, there is no need to go through it on your own. It is one sturdy light-commercial bench which offers great adjustability options and hard-core sturdiness for heavy weight lifters.
If this particular weight bench is not good enough for you, be sure to check our adjustable weight benches guide.