Bowflex Bench: The 5.1 & 3.1
I am a big advocate of using Bowflex products, as you’ve probably come to realize after spending any amount of time on Flexmastergeneral.com, and that includes their weights. I keep a set of the SelectTech Dumbbells in my office and truly think that they are the best adjustable weights on the market. When I bought them I was looking for a something that I could keep in my office, alongside my Max Trainer. Basically, I decided that I wanted to have everything I needed for a great workout situated in a corner of my office, to save time and to keep motivated to workout.
Well, I now I have all three products tucked away in my office, and as a result, I am probably in the best shape of my life. It’s pretty hard to have an excuse for not working out when I’m staring at the Bowflex equipment all day!
With all of that being said, you probably came here for a more detailed review of the Bowflex 5.1 bench, which is what I own. Honestly, I looked at other benches at the time I was purchasing my dumbbells, and there are some cheaper options out there – the keyword being “cheaper”. While they there were a couple of options that did cost less than the 5.1, most had pretty marginal reviews, and none of them looked as good as the 5.1 does. Plus, for less than $150 it’s going to be hard to find a better bench than this one.
After owning this bench, I can tell you that it is high-quality, easy to assemble – in total it may have taken me a max of 30 minutes – and it looks great. The assembly instructions are very clear and easy to follow, and they pretty much include everything that you will need to put the bench together. While they do supply the hex keys, you will want to have a socket set or crescent wrench handy, as there is at least one step that requires an additional tool. Beyond that though, assembly is a breeze, and you will be using the bench within a matter of minutes if you’re planning on ripping off a few presses right after assembly.
Beyond the setup, the overall quality of the 5.1 Bowflex Bench is top notch. The padding is more than adequate, and the material seems to be very high quality and durable. I haven’t noticed any issues with it after several months of almost daily use. The metal frame also seems very durable and sturdy, and there are multiple adjustment levels, so you can do exercises sitting up, or laying down. Plus, the 5.1 includes a leg bar, so you can also do sit-ups using this bench, which is a nice bonus.
These are just a few of the key features of the Bowflex bench:
- Six Adjustable Positions
- Ninety Degree Incline
- Seventeen Degree Decline
- 30 Year Frame Warranty
- 1 Year Upholstery Warranty
- Corrects Posture
- Stabilizes for Safer Workouts
- Looks Great
- Pairs Perfectly with SelectTech Dumbbells
As you can see there are plenty of great features with this weight lifting bench. In addition to what I mentioned above, I can also tell you that it is very easy to move around as well. When I’m not using it for lifting, I have it situated in front a couch in my office to use as a leg rest – another nice perk! But, when I need to move it the middle of the room, it’s super easy. You’ll notice that there are some wheels on one end of the bench, and a handle welded to the frame on the end where your head rests. You simply lift the bench using the handle and then wheel it to wherever you need in the room. This is great for moving it around my office, and just another added bonus that only Bowflex would think of.
The bottom line is if you’re looking for a great weight lifting bench, especially if you have the Bowflex Dumbbells, then the 5.1 should be at the top of the list. Bowflex also made a 3.1 bench, but from what I understand the 5.1 made a lot of improvements, so if you’re planning to buy one, I would opt for the newer model.
Either way, you really can’t go wrong and this Bowflex bench will be a great addition to your personal gym! I have found that I am able to get a great workout using just this bench and a set of dumbbells.
Of course, you could also pair it with a barbell as well, but for my current situation the SelectTechs are the better option, and take up a lot less space!