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    Ironmaster Pro Bench (its about time)

    There are so many quality budget benches these days that I dont know if this will be a big hit. However, for those who want a really versatile bench and were always turned off by the stupidly tall Superbench, this fixes that problem. The other big issue with the SB was the overly soft back pad. This one presumably had a higher density pad and is 1/2" wider.

    I can only assume the Superbench would be discontinued at some point.

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    Way past time, looks pretty good now. The from padding was useless. I think 12" would have been better but that's personal preference.

    I did enjoy mine even with the oversights. Got some great workouts in with it, the pullup bar, and dumbbells for over 3 years.
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    Above those 2 gripes on padding and height, I didn't like how low to the ground I was in the 90 degree position with the seat and thought the bench back was too short for me in highly inclined position.
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    WOW, people have been asking for this for YEARS! The design on the SuperBench really is ingenious, I have owned 2-3 of them over the years but the height/padding always got to me. Dropping that down to 17.2" now should put it back on the list for anyone looking to buy an adjustable bench. Not only because you get a true flat bench, and it's the easiest bench on the market to adjust, but because nobody makes better bench attachments than Ironmaster. AB Crunch / Decline was always my favorite, the dip handles were good, and you won't find a better bench attached leg extension. The last thing I would want to know is if they also firmed up the padding a smidge, haven't heard reports lately on whether it's still on the 'soft' side.
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    The last thing I would want to know is if they also firmed up the padding a smidge, haven't heard reports lately on whether it's still on the 'soft' side.
    according to the improvements listed it would appear so. I never realized how mushy the SB pad was til I started buying used commercial benches.

    Here are the main improvements over the original Super Bench:
    Low Profile. The flat bench height is only 17.2″ from the floor to give you ideal stability and fits more users. This is within competition powerlifting bench height specs.
    Wheels are included as standard.
    Wider base and larger foot tubes for even better stability.
    Separate pull pin and corner tightening knob for bench attachments provides more ergonomic operation and locks in attachments more securely and quicker.
    Higher density, commercial style pad provides more stability and helps with the low profile design.
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    Very tempted, looks like only the leg curl/ext is not compatible.
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    looks like the wheels are on the wrong end to me.
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    Originally Posted by twoforme2 View Post
    looks like the wheels are on the wrong end to me.
    Why would you want the wheels on the lighter end?
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    Originally Posted by chadsalt View Post
    Why would you want the wheels on the lighter end?
    Looking at that bench it seems the wheels would be where your feet are when in the flat and inclined position, and would be under your head when declined.

    Seems like it would be a bitch to roll in and out of the rack if you have your rack anywhere but the middle of a room.
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    Originally Posted by twoforme2 View Post
    Looking at that bench it seems the wheels would be where your feet are when in the flat and inclined position, and would be under your head when declined.

    Seems like it would be a bitch to roll in and out of the rack if you have your rack anywhere but the middle of a room.
    Not sure I follow, I just stood mine up and rolled it where it needed to be. Probably moot point anyway, can put wheeled foot on either end of original like mine. Pro looks like it will do the same.

    And not to mention I lift weights, so a 65# bench is not a problem to set where I want it.
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    Originally Posted by chadsalt View Post
    not sure i follow, i just stood mine up and rolled it where it needed to be. Probably moot point anyway, can put wheeled foot on either end of original like mine. Pro looks like it will do the same.

    And not to mention i lift weights, so a 65# bench is not a problem to set where i want it.
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    Originally Posted by chadsalt View Post
    Not sure I follow, I just stood mine up and rolled it where it needed to be. Probably moot point anyway, can put wheeled foot on either end of original like mine. Pro looks like it will do the same.

    And not to mention I lift weights, so a 65# bench is not a problem to set where I want it.
    I don't even lift bro. I just find screwed up designs of equipment and poke fun at it on the internet. You would not believe the leg strength you can build jumping to conclusions.
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    Originally Posted by twoforme2 View Post
    I don't even lift bro. I just find screwed up designs of equipment and poke fun at it on the internet. You would not believe the leg strength you can build jumping to conclusions.
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    Originally Posted by twoforme2 View Post
    I don't even lift bro. I just find screwed up designs of equipment and poke fun at it on the internet. You would not believe the leg strength you can build jumping to conclusions.
    I agree looks like it was assembled with the wheeled feet on the wrong end. Would be easy to change since its bolt on anyway.
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    I agree looks like it was assembled with the wheeled feet on the wrong end. Would be easy to change since its bolt on anyway.
    i think the wheels are affixed to the end leg. On the pro bench they made the other end leg longer for better stability, so if you wanted the wheels on the other end you'd have the shorter piece on the wrong end.
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    Originally Posted by dskoo65 View Post
    i think the wheels are affixed to the end leg. On the pro bench they made the other end leg longer for better stability, so if you wanted the wheels on the other end you'd have the shorter piece on the wrong end.

    Benches often have the wheels at the head end so you roll it into a power rack holding onto the tail and your barbell is ready to go right above the head. Otherwise you'd have to pick it up at the head end and roll it in on the tail wheels, ducking around or unracking your already racked barbell, and if the rack is butted up against a wall it would make it a bit of a hassle.

    I think that is what twoforme2 is saying.

    I don't think it matters with this Ironmaster Pro Bench because the feet appear to bolt on with two bolts so you could just swap them around without issue. Also I really do like the way this bench looks. And it doesn't look too heavy to just pick up and shove as needed.
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    Interesting. I've had 2 of them and got rid of both due to the mushy pad and height.

    Now I have to decide between the Rep AB-5100 and this one. I like the IM being 30lbs lighter.
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    Originally Posted by ampire View Post

    I don't think it matters with this Ironmaster Pro Bench because the feet appear to bolt on with two bolts so you could just swap them around without issue. Also I really do like the way this bench looks. And it doesn't look too heavy to just pick up and shove as needed.
    unlike the superbench, the pro bench has wider feet at the head end than the feet end, which makes sense. if one were to switch them, id expect less stability, especially when using dip or pullup attachments.
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    Originally Posted by dskoo65 View Post
    unlike the superbench, the pro bench has wider feet at the head end than the feet end, which makes sense. if one were to switch them, id expect less stability, especially when using dip or pullup attachments.

    I gotcha, alright. That makes sense.

    Well the thing doesn't weigh much so its not a big deal to use it as is. Also its got a short pad so its easy to move around too and doesn't take up much space in the room.

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    Originally Posted by piratelifebad View Post
    Interesting. I've had 2 of them and got rid of both due to the mushy pad and height.

    Now I have to decide between the Rep AB-5100 and this one. I like the IM being 30lbs lighter.
    I'm an avid supporter of REP fitness, they make high quality equipment and I'm still likely to buy their next V2 stainless barbell whenever it's released. But when comparing the design of the 5100 to the latest Pro SuperBench the choice is difficult, but I would likely go with the new Ironmaster out of pure curiosity. Seriously, if you dug through my all ancient posts regarding residential benches I'm willing to bet that I have said something like this before. Once you lower the IM and make the padding stiffer it's the one bench to rule them all, possibly even better than the infamous Cybex 5435 which I love so much. Its a 100% TRUE flat bench with ZERO pad gap, it's without a doubt the easiest bench on the market to adjust (NO QUESTION), it now comes standard with wheels for mobility, and it has 'THE' best attachments for those with limited space. The one thing that does concern me is that they removed the third seat height option and in the upright position it looks pretty effing low. So if you are a taller guy this might be a problem, but for an average fellow like myself I wouldn't be worried. I'm anxious to see a review of one of these surface, could seriously disrupt the adjustable market if they got the padding right.
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    I'm an avid supporter of REP fitness, they make high quality equipment and I'm still likely to buy their next V2 stainless barbell whenever it's released. But when comparing the design of the 5100 to the latest Pro SuperBench the choice is difficult, but I would likely go with the new Ironmaster out of pure curiosity. Seriously, if you dug through my all ancient posts regarding residential benches I'm willing to bet that I have said something like this before. Once you lower the IM and make the padding stiffer it's the one bench to rule them all, possibly even better than the infamous Cybex 5435 which I love so much. Its a 100% TRUE flat bench with ZERO pad gap, it's without a doubt the easiest bench on the market to adjust (NO QUESTION), it now comes standard with wheels for mobility, and it has 'THE' best attachments for those with limited space. The one thing that does concern me is that they removed the third seat height option and in the upright position it looks pretty effing low. So if you are a taller guy this might be a problem, but for an average fellow like myself I wouldn't be worried. I'm anxious to see a review of one of these surface, could seriously disrupt the adjustable market if they got the padding right.
    10.5" pad though, for those that might like wider its on the narrow side.

    Some day I'll probably get a Hammer Strength FWADJ since most of the lifts I do are inclined. Serious trip hazard that one though.
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    Originally Posted by urbanlifter View Post
    The one thing that does concern me is that they removed the third seat height option and in the upright position it looks pretty effing low. So if you are a taller guy this might be a problem, but for an average fellow like myself I wouldn't be worried. I'm anxious to see a review of one of these surface, could seriously disrupt the adjustable market if they got the padding right.
    The tallest seat position is 1.5" lower than the old bench. The pro's seat is 12.5" or 14.5" from the ground, while the regular bench is 12", 14", or 16".

    The new slanted design of the back support looks slightly safer than the original half moon if you decide to do dips and pullups.
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    I was originally a big fan of Iron Master but over the years I've grown seriously dissatisfied with my purchases.
    The Super Bench is much too tall, the feet too narrow, the curved support bar can be a literal pain when doing pull ups, dips, etc. (and forget about weighted versions via a belt) Looks like the new one will address much of this and more.
    It looks like the hyperextension attachment will be at a different angle on the new bench in addition to the leg extension/curl attachment no longer fitting.
    The preacher curl attachment for the super bench is just flat out dangerous. The bar supports are far too close together making the bar unstable and it's literally impossible to safely load/unload plates. The bar will fall to the heavier side, possibly smashing your foot and depending on the scenario, possibly crushing your face with the lighter side as it swings into the air.
    I don't like the decline solution (incline the bench and then swing your legs over the airborne attachment) as it makes performing bench variations safely impossible.
    I also bought their Olympic plates a few years ago without realizing there's rubber in the center hole and that rubber made it a hair shy of impossible to get the plates onto their Olympic bar or their curl bar. They've since changed this.
    I also fell out of love with the adjustable dumbbells because it takes far too much time to add weight.
    The equipment is all rock solid, but the design is awful.
    In short, there are serious issues with a number of their products to the point that I no longer consider IM when purchasing anything. Too much of it feels like an almost-there prototype.
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    Originally Posted by jebrady03 View Post
    I don't like the decline solution (incline the bench and then swing your legs over the airborne attachment) as it makes performing bench variations safely impossible.
    I agree with most of that, especially the Db's and the length of time it takes to adjust them compared to PB's. However, the above comment does strike me as strange. The Ab Crunch / decline was one of the better attachments for that bench, I imagine the handle makes getting into position much easier than comparable benches like REP or Rogue. It's just a short learning curve to get setup. Straddle the bench, grab the handle, then lock in one leg at a time and you're 100% secure. The only other annoyance I can think of with the IM SuperBench was the slight rocking motion in the backrest when inclined. If you had any leg drive at all pressing incline you could feel the bench rock about 1/8 - 1/4", which might be fixable with a little ingenuity.
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    I don't even lift bro. I just find screwed up designs of equipment and poke fun at it on the internet. You would not believe the leg strength you can build jumping to conclusions.
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    Great changes over the original (which I still use as an incline bench). Even with the changes they've implemented, I'd want to see a 12" wide back to consider using as an all-around bench. Definitely resurrects it as a recommendation for people. Unfortunately they won't be seen on CL for a while, for anyone on a budget starting out.
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    I don't even lift bro. I just find screwed up designs of equipment and poke fun at it on the internet. You would not believe the leg strength you can build jumping to conclusions.
    Wit trumps buttt hurt every time.

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    their older bench design that slotted into the smith machine (and could stand on its own sometimes with the attachment under it) wasn't that tall. i am not sure if i still have it but at one time I had a protoype looking ironmaster bench that was similar to the one that slotted into their smith machine, but was before their current super bench (the one before the one in this thread). it wasn't that tall either. no idea why they went away from the shorter design for so long. i am not quite sure but i think the prototype looking bench I had had a half moon design too. not sure if i have any pics of it anymore.
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    They are now offering a wider pad option. It's an add on, which is a shame, but with the 15% discount, it isn't too bad.
    I'm ordering mine now. Just trying to decide if it's worth putting a wheel kit on both ends to make moving it easier for my daughter.

    Edit: So I decided to add the second wheel kit as well as the wide/taper pad, and when I added the wheel kit, because I now had 2 attachments, the total cost went down by $15 or so. Just an FYI.
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