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I bought this york bench as I already had the barbell with weights and needed to work out my chest. I purchased this item for £80 at the time (1 year ago) and this is not cheap nor expensive for a bench. Its great for sit ups and other aerobic exercises but its not very good for bench pressing which is the main exercise I wanted to do but it fails on delivering. The bench itself is not stable and feels like its about to collapse when benching moderate weights so I choose not to bench heavy weights which makes this product useless. I'm not comfortable with using it while its creaking and wobbling so I wouldn't recommend to anyone, even beginners shouldn't buy this as eventually they will progress onto heavy weights and the bench will not be able to hold it. This product looks physically appealing, but the fact that it cannot hold big weights makes it rubbish. Ditch the bench I say, invest a few pounds extra and buy a decent bench.
Being a perspnal trainer, I have used many different weight benches in the past- some great, some not so good.
With York, they tend to specilise in strength training equipment. They are a mid-range make really, which are quite popular due to the fact that they are more for home use than commercial use, and they are relatively cheap to have at home. You see York weights everywhere, so they are a trusted make.
So which catergory does the York weight bench fall into? Im afraid it woud have to be the 'not so great' category.
Dont get me wrong, for the price, its is a relatively useable product, and its ok for limited use if you buy one for working out occasionally at home, Anything more than that, and I would sugest getting a better bench.
The bench itself isnt too strong, so once you get beyond the 'beginner' stage, you ideally would need something a little more robust. I find that the bench itself wobbles and creaks quite a bit.
One of the added features you find with York benches normally is that they have rollers at the foot end, to tuck your fet under. This is all well and good, but they can be pretty uncomfortable wedgng your feet in there, and you also have to consider how much work is actually being done by the hip flexors, and taking away from the workout itself.
Adjusting the bench is somewhat problamatic too. They can be very stiff, and acwkaward to change the angle. I also find theres only a limited amount of positions you can move the bench into, and as they take so long to change, I normlly end uo avoiding these types of benches if im honest.
I got given this weight bench along with the weight set for free so for that reason alone i can't really complain about it. However, there are a number of little things which annoy me about it slightly.
The weight bench only allows for a limited grip due to where the catchers are set so you have to be careful not to catch your hands when racking the weight. Secondly, the bench only inclines to a 45 degrees so limits the amount of exercises you can do.
It's not all negative though, the bench itself is very sturdy and can hold a large amount of weight (250kg if i recall correctly) the front end is easily stabilized with additional weight and also the material is durable yet comfy.
As for price i believe these now retail for around 69.99 in some places. I think for a beginner it is ideal but if you are looking for something of a more premium quality it is worth spending a little extra.
During my gap year from sixth form to university I got a job as a lifeguard at the local sports centre and as a consequence spent a lot of time in the gym. I puchased a york 6605 weights bench so I could workout at home instead of travelling to and from the gym on my days off. It was reasonably straightforward to assemble and at first I was delighted with it. However, after using it a few times I began to notice the design faults. Firstly, when doing leg curls, especially quadricep raises it was hurting my shins, I don't think it was designed with tall people in mind (im 6ft 1'). Because of this I had to place something on the seat to elevate my vertical position. The second problem was the bench press. This was fine when performing flat or decline bench presses, but when performing incline ones it is very hard to lift the weights off of the stand for the first time because they appera to be too close to the back rest. It is therefore almost impossible to perform an incline bench press without a spotter; although this is probably adviseable anyway.
Apart from these two limitations it is a decent product, however I would only recommend using light to medium weights upto 100kg. I've had the York 6605 for 3 and a half years now and still use it, but maybe not as often as I should.
Thanks for reading.
(This review is also posted on Ciao under the same name).
Having started weight lifting 4 years ago I am pretty experienced in benches, exercises and what is needed to build muscle successfully. The York bench is a pretty good bench for beginners as the multi-usage means you can start your weight lifting career in your leisure at home or wherever you decide to keep the bench! Personally when I bought it I stuck it straight in the garage and used it in all weathers including cold temperatures, rain, heat, snow and it has still only rusted marginally despite these conditions. It caters for the following: Flat Bench for Pec, chest & arm exercises. ? good for these as a solid technique can be used for each while using the bench. Concentration curls (for arm) are fairly hard to do because of the shape of the bench, but still do-able. Helps if you are taller than 6ft! Incline Bench for Dumbell fly?s etc ? the solid shape of the bench affords a good shape for dumbbell fly?s in particular, however the incline bench feels a little strange compared to those in gyms. Decline Bench for Lower chest exercises ? ditto for the bench declined, I personally prefer using a gym for lower chest exercises. Vertical Bench for Shoulder Press etc ? my legs felt a bit strange due to the shape of the bench being either side while I did sit down military presses, not so good for the more heavy weights but still alright for beginners. Abdominal Board for Sit-ups and Leg raises ? very good for abdominal exercises and ?feels? right when they are carried out as it should. Only low weight can be used for leg raises and again dedicated machines work better at the gym. To conclude, this bench is a pretty good one for beginners but should only really be used by people starting off rather than more experienced users. I use it now for keeping up my strength rather than pu
shing myself as I don?t think it could hold up to the kind of weight I bench press now. If there is no way that you could get to a gym then you could go far worse than this board but to be honest you should become a member at your local gym if at all possible. It is also a good bench for initially building your strength if you would like to try out weight lifting before shelling out each month for a membership.
I've been looking for a weights bench as during the summer I won't be able to afford going to a gym and at uni it's dead cheap. The Yorks weight benches come in a variety of stages. A bench with a stand, then with lag extension and curl bars, then with a heavier frame and butterfly bars and then what's pictured here. They go up from here too but they're so far out of my price range I haven't really looked at them. This weights bench (pictured) has the capacity to hold almost any weight you're realistically going to bench press on it but if you put more than about 120kg on and don't sit on the bench it can rock so it's probably best to put other weight at the other end to keep it down. I find teh leg extension bars don't really offer enough resistance but that's fine as you can use the stand and barbell to do squats (a much better exercise anyway) but setting the bench up to allow a decent resistance on hamstrings is really difficult. The bench is only slightly narrower than the ones you tend to get in gyms and does fine (unless you have a really wide back, a big friend of mine complains it's too narrow) but I'm not sure how much puishment the whole thing will put up with, I haven't used one for that long but I get the feeling that after lots of heavy use they might not be quite so sturdy as they were when you get them out the box as it were. The benches are expensive, I haven't put a price but the cheapest are about £45 and they go up from there, I GUESS the one pictured is about £150-£200 but that is a guess. On top of this is the expense of buying a decent amount of weight. Most benches don't come with weights or bars and the cost of these must be considered.