Whether building out a new home gym or adding on, there’s just something missing without an adjustable bench. The new ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench comes into a market stacked with competitors, but one in which there’s always room for more. While most fitness fans are more familiar with the ProForm brand by way of their treadmills, bikes, rowers, and ellipticals, the company is now positioning itself in the arena of strength training with a new bench and the Rapid Strike 50 lb. Adjustable Dumbbell.
Priced at $249, the ProForm bench comes in toward the upper end of the price range for adjustable benches, but judging by the specs it’s a superior model to some of the cheaper alternatives. Every home gym’er knows there’s a whopping difference between cheap adjustable benches and the better made models, particularly when it comes to stability and load-bearing capabilities. Depending on what one plans to do with the bench, quality might cost a bit more. We’d say this ProForm bench is comparable to commercial-grade models one would find in a big box gym, and if you’re planning to use it in a cage for bench pressing, that matters.
A home gym just isn’t a gym without a bench, and you can read through our round-up here of the Best Workout Benches on the market today. Continue below for a full analysis of the ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench.
|Model||ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench|
|Max. Weight||610 lbs|
|Dimensions||53" x 27" x 18"|
Pros & Cons
- Compact footprint of 27″ x 53″
- User-friendly bench height of 18″ with adjustments in 2″ increments
- Military, flat, incline, and decline press positioning
- Solid 610-pound total weight capacity
- 6 adjustable seat positions, 11 adjustable back positions
- High density foam backrest
- Fast pull-pin adjustments
- Patented push-button Rapid weight selector
- 90-day warranty
- A bit pricier than other adjustable models
- Warranty a bit short
Marketed in conjunct with the ProForm-friendly iFit Coach app, the Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench comes into a brand full of top-tier cardio equipment. Offered alongside the Rapid Strike 50 lb. Adjustable Dumbbells, one could quickly transform a spare room into a home gym by partnering these with perhaps a treadmill or bike. And to that degree ProForm seems to be challenging Bowflex in a head-to-head with its rival SelectTech Benches as their 4.1 Stowable Bench also comes in at $249.
The ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench can be positioned into Military, Flat, Incline, or Decline positions, and comes padded with a vinyl covering. With a total height of 48″ the bench offers a step-up height of 18″ and overall weight of 69 lbs. Built to go in either a home or gym, the compact footprint of 27″ x 53″ fits inside either a squat rack or living room. The bench offers six adjustable seat positions and 11 adjustable back positions, all negotiated by fast pull-pins.
Users of just about any size can use the bench as it’s designed with a 300-pound user max and sports an overall weight capacity of 610 pounds. As far as adjustable benches go, those are solid numbers. A fixed, welded unit would obviously sport a higher weight capacity, but keep in mind the point of this bench is its multiple uses and mobility. The comparably priced Bowflex SelectTech 4.1 meanwhile offers a 550-pound overal weight max, with the $349 5.1S offering 600 pounds.
Adjustable benches come in a wide range of pricing, and durability. Built to move about the gym, they’re typically paired with dumbbells for pressing movements like incline, decline, or chest flyes. That said, they also make a great brace for one-arm dumbbell rows and Bulgarian Split Squats. With a 300-pound maximum user weight and 610-pound overall capacity, the ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench could certainly handle a role beneath an Olympic barbell inside a home squat rack such as those reviewed here.
With thick padding and a vinyl cover, the bench makes for a comfortable unit under any circumstances. For those new to fitness, great dumbbell exercises to partner with an adjustable bench include:
- Dumbbell Bench Press
- Dumbbell Step-Ups
- Seated Dumbbell Curls
- Bulgarian Split Squats
- Bench Squats
- Hip Raises
Warranty & Guarantee
The ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench comes with a 90-day product warranty and that does seem a bit short relative to the price as competitors offer up to 10 years.
The ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench brings a solid offering to the home gym. Whether bought on its own or to include within a home gym full of other fitness toys, the bench brings a multiplicity of potential uses. While we’d like to see ProForm improve its warranty here, we still see the model as a great buy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the footprint of the ProForm Carbon Strength Adjustable Bench?
The footprint is 27″ x 53″ with a step-up height of 18″.
Does the bench come with dumbbells?
No, other weights are solid separately.