The Body Solid FID46 workout bench is solid and stable enough to support an impressive 1,000 lb weight limit, while still offering 9 back support positions for a wide variety of exercises.
But is it the best workout bench for your own home gym?
To help you decide, this review takes a closer look at the features and customer reviews, as well as making some comparisons with other similarly priced designs.
If you’re considering buying a new weights bench, it can be important to find a design that supports a high weight limit, but still offers a variety of positions.
The Body Solid FID46 is a bench that manages to provide both, with a 1,000 lb weight capacity and 9 positions ranging from decline to 90 degrees.
This helps to provide a stable base from which to perform a wide range of upper body exercises, with the leg developer for leg extensions and hamstring curls.
To help keep you from sliding along the bench when performing lying leg curls, Body Solid have also included a set of handles behind the head support for you to grip onto.
These are similar to the set of handles added just below the seat, which give you something to grip when performing leg extensions with heavier weights.
For keeping you comfortable and supported during your workouts, thick padding has been applied to both the seat and back support, with wide base stabilizers added for extra stability.
All of this combines to create a bench that has everything you could want for home workouts; a high weight limit, stable frame, comfortable padding, and a wide range of positions.
Body Solid FID46 – Features Summary
- Multipurpose bench with durable 3-inch, round-rock-steel mainframe
- 9-position, 2.75-inch seat and back pads with flat, incline, and decline settings
- Removable leg developer with upholstered 4-by-8-inch rollers
- 2 sets of cushioned hand grips; arched lying leg curl station
- Measures 28 x 31 x 75 inches (W x H x D); lifetime warranty
With such a variety of positions and the leg developer attachment supplied as standard, the Body Solid FID46 is the perfect addition to both dumbbell and barbell setups.
The following list is just a small example of the exercises available when combined with a collection of free weights or smith machine:
- Lying leg curls
- Leg extensions
- Incline dumbbell flys
- Flat barbell bench press
- Seated dumbbell press
- Incline hammer curls
- Elevated dumbbell lunges
- Decline sit ups
- Dumbbell rows
Before you make any final decision over whether or not to buy the Body Solid FID46, it’s important to know what other benches are available in the same price range.
One of the features that sets the FID46 apart is the leg developer.
While the Ironmaster and Bowflex benches still provide a useful range of positions, neither provides a leg developer as standard. (Attachment is available separately for the Super Bench)
In terms of weight limit, both the FID46 and Ironmaster benches support up to 1,000 lb, whereas the Bowflex 5.1 bench only supports up to 300 lb.
One final comparison worth making is the number of positions available. The FID46 provides you with 9, the Bowflex with 6, and the Ironmaster with 11.
All of these benches offer the full range of decline, incline, flat, and 90 degree positions.
Even with Body Solid‘s impressive reputation for developing high quality fitness equipment, it can still be useful to read through some of the customer reviews.
While you can find the full reviews from dozens of customers on Amazon, we’ve also collected the most frequently mentioned pros and cons for a quick reference.
- Very sturdy
- High quality padding and upholstery
- Well placed handles
- Wide range of positions available
- Isolation exercises available for legs
- Smooth pivot motion on the leg developer
- Olympic weight plate adapter sleeve means you can use both standard and Olympic plates on the leg developer
- Heavier to move around than the Bowflex benches
- Some customers experienced difficulty with aligning the bolts for the pads
- Slightly higher off the ground than some benches makes it difficult for feet to touch the ground for a few reviewers