Starting a new fitness program? The Weider 190 RX Weight Bench is one of the best workout benches on the market.
It’s competitively priced to provide a stable base from which to perform bench presses, hamstring curls, leg extensions, and even preacher curls.
When deciding which weight bench to buy, there are now many different designs available, each of which is usually suited to a particular strength level.
In terms of the Weider 190 RX, this is a bench best suited to anyone that’s starting their first fitness program for several reasons.
Firstly, the width of the barbell supports is enough to comfortably support a 5ft bar, but not wide enough to support a full sized 7ft Olympic bar.
Although using a 5ft bar will still allow you to perform incline, decline, and flat bench presses, you don’t have the same flexibility with your hand positioning as on Olympic standard benches.
As well as the barbell press exercises, the Weider 190 RX also includes a leg developer and preacher curl attachment for isolating your biceps, quads, and hamstrings.
While Olympic adapter sleeves are available to convert the leg developer to use Olympic sized weight plates, the diameter of the weight peg and barbell should mean you only need to buy a set of standard plates.
Weider 190 RX Weight Bench – Features Summary
- Multi-Position Weight Bench- adjust the angle of your bench to flat, incline and decline positions
- Leg Developer Build and develop your quads, hamstrings, glutes and hip-flexors with this multi-position leg developer
- Preacher Pad The preacher pad comfortably isolates your biceps and forearms while ensuring proper exercise form
The addition of the preacher curl pad and leg developer means that you can use the Weider 190 RX for more than just your standard bench presses.
Although the preacher curl pad doesn’t come with a curling yoke and handles, the diameter of the top set of foam rollers should still be narrow enough to grip and curl the weight.
In terms of how much weight you can expect this bench to support, this is another of the reasons why it might be better suited to someone just starting a new fitness program.
The barbell supports can hold a total weight of 110 lb. If you take into account the weight of a standard bar being around 20 lb, this allows the equivalent of one 45 lb plate on each side.
The leg developer / preacher curl weight peg can support a maximum weight of 50 lb, while the recommended user weight limit for the actual bench is around 300 lb.
If you don’t think that this will be strong enough to support the weight you want to lift, it might be worth taking a look at the Marcy Diamond Olympic Surge Bench.
Despite the higher price, this does have the benefit of being stronger than the Weider 190 RX, has a custom designed curling yoke handle, and even a rear walk-in squat rack for more variation in your leg workouts.
Usually retailing for around $100, it’s important to understand exactly what you get for such a low priced bench.
Customers on shopping sites such as Amazon have given the Weider 190 RX mixed reviews. People who have left higher ratings tend to rate the bench based on its low price, stability, and ease of assembly.
But there were also a number of lower rated reviews that tended to base their rating on the short height and narrow width of the barbell supports, low weight limit, and how close the barbell rests to you when performing incline presses.
These lower rated reviews have generally been left by people with a few years lifting experience behind them, who also recommended that this is a bench better suited to young adults and anyone new to fitness.