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  1. Robocok Black Belt

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    I just got some ironmaster adjustable dumbbells and want to get a bench to train on. I was checking out this thread-

    https://forums.sherdog.com/threads/bench.3870341/

    but I think I would prefer a bench that can incline/decline and that I can do abs on. I'm considering getting the ironmaster adjustable bench as well but want to see what you guys recommend.

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    It's a little pricy, but the idea of being able to do dips and pull ups is kind of tempting.

    Thanks
     
  2. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    People who know anything about training do decline?
     
  3. Robocok Black Belt

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    I posted this in the wrong section.

    What's wrong with decline? I've always done both incline and decline at the gym.
     
  4. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    Can you explain what decline does for you and why none of the best bench pressers in the world use it? What are they missing?
     
  5. Robocok Black Belt

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    I was under the impression that it targets the lower pec, like wide grip dips. I also don't really care what I bench.

    I imagine that someone who is aspiring to be the best bench presser in the world wouldn't have any need to work at an angle other than the one they're trying to improve at.

    What do other sherdoggers say? Does anyone else do decline bench? Personally, I like the way that angle feels, but even if decline bench is a useless exercise, I can do decline abs and with extra attachments I can use the bench for dips and pull ups so there's that.

    I'm dealing with very limited space so the versatility is attractive.
     
  6. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    Many of them, if not the majority, do incline.
     
  7. deadshot138 Silver Belt

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    Why though?
     
  8. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    Look into it with one of those 5-10 minute google searches we were talking about the other day.
     
  9. deadshot138 Silver Belt

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    Did 30 seconds of searching. None of the answers make sense. However Julius Maddox does incline so it must do something.
     
  10. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    I don’t think that’s an issue with the results you found in your search...
     
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    Training variation and increased muscle growth. I think the incline press is overrated for both.
     
  12. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    No?

    I’m curious as to what’s led you to think it’s overrated, though.
     
  13. boingyman If can, can. If no can, no can.

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    Rep AB-5000 zero gap is probably one of the better adjustable benches for the price. $500 + tax and shipping though.
     
  14. Robocok Black Belt

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    I had my eye on the ab5000 but I like the fact that I can attach a dip and pull up bar to the ironmaster. This is going in a bedroom so space is tight. What do you think is better about the ab5000 though?

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  15. boingyman If can, can. If no can, no can.

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    I sometimes regret not getting it, but the adjusting for me is just a luxury and not a need so I am happy with my FB-5000. I will sometimes put it on blocks to do low incline at home, although currently there is no incline work in my programming. I always see those ironmaster benches on sale used on FB marketplace. Even when I bought my used ironmaster dumbbells the guy wanted to sell the bench for me at a good price, but I wasn't interested.
     
  16. Robocok Black Belt

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    How about this bench? Anyone know about prime?



    I like the fact that it declines (I also want to do abs on it), it's relatively light, and easy to use. I'm not paying for it and the person who is wants something nice.
     
  17. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    Imagine paying $675 for an adjustable bench.

    The foot attachment you'd need isn't included. I wonder how much extra that costs.

    They also don't list prices on their website. It's 2020, you shouldn't have to contact someone and wait for a response when you're shopping around.
     
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    Yeah, I'm not paying for it. The person who wants it can afford it but if it's not that great then I'll probably just forget the whole decline thing and get an abs-5000 which isn't much cheaper.

    It's going in a bedroom and she wants to stick it in the corner when she's not using it so the fact that it's lightweight for her to move is nice.
     
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    So far I ordered ironmaster adjustable dumbbells, 3 plyometric box platforms in 12, 18 and 24 heights, and I have one of those pull up bars that hangs off a doorframe. After I pick a bench, I think that covers everything that I can reasonably fit in a bedroom for working out (a bed, dressers, and bookshelf is already in here so space is tight)

    Anything else that yall recommend adding? I was going to get an exercise ball but I think it would be too much. Maybe I'll get one anyways. She has a jump rope. I think we can do a good work out in a small space.
     
  20. JimRussel Brown Belt

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    It's not that the bench isn't nice; it definitely is. But, IMO, it's not worth paying that price for. I feel like you could get a bench that would serve you just as well and be of equal quality for a reduced cost. Then, if you want, you can put the money towards other things you want.
     

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