If you do not need an adjustable workout bench, and you are on a budget, this Marcy Flat Bench is exercise equipment you should consider to buy. It is under $50 and for that price you get a construction that is versatile and compact. It can be used for any flat bench workout routine, particularly for dumbbell training. But you can also use it for bodyweight exercises, for example, for doing decline push ups or dips. Although, it is not for weightlifters. It is okay for normal strength training.
- Good price/value ratio
- Easy assembly
- Compact size
- Comfortable padding
- Wobbles under heavy usage
- Short for taller people
- Bolt and screw problems
- Size: 43 x 14 x 17 inches
- Max capacity: 300 pounds
For our detailed review, read on.
Best features of Marcy flat utility weight bench
1. Low price but good value
I think, one of the main reasons why this bench is so popular is its price. It is under 50 bucks, and sometimes under $40 if there is a discount. But for such a low price you will get a flat workout bench that is perfect for someone who wants to have various workouts at home.
The Marcy utility flat bench has a 300 lbs weight capacity which is quite enough for an average user. The frame is made from 14 gauge tubing with durable powder coat finish. I think it is a good option for people under 200 lbs since they can lift maximum 100 lbs or more on it. And particularly for women.
On the other hand, some users use it with +400 pounds load without any problem. I do not recommend to overload a bench since it can be dangerous.
2. Easy to put together
Since we are talking about a simple construction, you do not have to be an engineer to assemble it. It comes with all the bolts and screws you will need. In a quarter of an hour, your Marcy bench is ready to use.
To keep the integrity of the structure, do not over tighten the bolts. If you squeeze the screws too much, it may lead to wobbling.
3. It does not require much space
The bench is 41 inches in length, 12 inches width and 17 inches in height. So, it is a compact piece of equipment. You can quickly move it around as it is lightweight, only 20 lbs. So, when you do not need it, you can store it comfortably.
4. Comfortable padding
The back pad is covered with 2 inches thick high-density foam boxed upholstery that provides comfortable training experience. It is not too soft nor too hard, so it will support your back when you lie on it. That is particularly important when you do weight bench exercises for abs such as leg raises since the pad will not hurt your lower back and bottom.
Cons and complaints
1. The stabilizers are narrow, so it wobbles a bit
The width of the feet is 14 inches which is not that much. If they were longer a bit more, the bench would be far more stable. Also, it is light since it is just 20 pounds. However, there are caps at the end of the feet to avoid moving.
Although, customers who are not so heavy or use only light weights for training, do not complain about wobbling.
So, buy this Marcy workout bench only for light weight training.
2. Not the best for tall people
The length of the pad is 41 inches which is OK for an average Joe, but I think not enough for someone over 6.2 feet. Such guys will not have enough space to lie on it comfortably and safely.
3. Problems with bolts and screws
Some people complain about the length of the screws that they are not long enough, so they had to buy them. That is not big money, but indeed annoying.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it folding?
No, but has a small design.
– Is it suitable for jumps or step ups?
Well, you can, but you must be careful. As I said the stabilizers are not so width, so you may fall. If you have weight plates, you can put a few on the feet to make the bench more stable.
The Verdict | Is it for you?
This Marcy flat weight bench is a good option for those people who need compact and lightweight equipment for a reasonable level bench workout at home. It is a cheap bench. Hence, it is not suitable for heavy lifting for that more robust home gym equipment is required. The Marcy deluxe flat bench has higher capacity and more robust design, but a bit more expensive (still affordable).
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