The Ironmaster Super Bench Review
updated November 12, 2018
The Ironmaster Super Bench is one of the most popular home use benches that exists on the market today. The Super Bench is a versatile bench that provides forward, incline and decline capability in an easy to use, compact format. In this article, we get up close and personal with the Super Bench to discover if it deserves to be in your basement gym. We’ll also compare the Super Bench to 3 other leading brands.
The most impressive feature about this bench is the huge array of angle adjustments that you get with it. There are eleven angle adjustments, as follows:
The majority will be lucky to have 7 or 8 handle adjustments. Those that have ten or more in the vast minority. So, is eleven angle adjustments simply a matter of overkill to sound impressive?
Far from it.
Imagine that your dumbbell bench press is at 80 pounds. You’re doing this at a 0 degree incline. Now if you tried to do a dumbbell shoulder press with the bench angle set at 85 degrees, it is pretty unlikely that you could do even a single rep with that same 80 pounds. However, when you’ve got so any angles to work with you are able to progressively increase the angle, bit by bit, as you get stronger. So,the first week you set the angle to 10 degrees and press, you progress week by week, adding 10% to your angle adjustment until, around three months down the track you are doing a shoulder press with that 80 pound weight.
You can also do decline work on this bench. This is great for working the lower part of your chest. However, you will have the problem of not sliding down the bench as there is nothing on the bench that locks your feet in place. To get that you will have to purchase a crunch attachment.
The pad of the Super Bench has dimensions of 44” x 10” x 3” and it covered in stitched vinyl upholstery. One inch radius corners add to the comfort level of this pad. Unlike many competitor benches, the Super Bench pad is made of a single board. There is no gap between sections on this bench, which is a huge advantage both in terms of comfort and safety.
The Super Bench certainly lives up to its name in terms of construction quality and durability. The framing is made from 11 and 12 gauge steel and the bench in the flat position is rated to 1,000 pounds. In the incline and decline positions the max weight is 600 pounds. Good luck hitting those numbers. The bench comes with a 10-year warranty.
The Super Bench provides you with a very solid and stable base. This is obviously very important as you need to have total confidence in the platform you’re using when you’ve got some seriously heavy weight hovering over your head. Regardless of what position you have the bench in, you always feel solidly positioned. The bench height when flat is 20 inches. This is about ideal. Some benches are lower than this and, as a result, you cannot get ideal body positioning and you end up with your knees above your hips. Those that are taller than twenty inches, may not allow you to drive your heels into the ground. The result will be that you won’t be able to lift as much weight.
The footprint of the bench is 18.75 inches by 41 inches. This provides you with a relatively compact footprint, making this bench a good choice for confined spaces. The bench, though solid, is lightweight. It doesn’t come with wheels but you won’t need them when the whole thing weighs just 64 pounds.
The Super Bench comes with a 3-position seat. Unlike many competitor benches, the seat is slightly narrower than the main pad. This is important - wider seats tens to dig into your thighs, especially when you have the bench on an incline angle. The multi angle seat adjustment allows youto match it with the main pad angle so that the two are always perpendicular to one another. The seat is not tapered, however. This means that it may still slightly press into your inner thighs.
The angle adjustment system on this bench is unique. It features a metal ring that operates by way of a foot lever and spring loading arrangement. You can operate the system from both sides of the bench very easily.
The Super Bench is compatible with a number of attachments, including a pull up bar, dip bar handles, preacher curl, cable pull-down and crunch-sit up attachment.
The Bowflex SelectTech 5.1 adjustable bench provides you with 7 angles of adjustment (4 less than the IronMaster Super Bench). The angle adjustments are between 17 degrees and 90 degrees. Unlike the Super Bench, this one comes with a leg brace as standard - this makes a big difference when you are doing decline work.
The Bowflex bench is solid but not quite as rugged as the Super Bench. The bench pad is very functional and comfortable and will not restrict the movement of your lats, unlike other wider benches. This bench looks great in the stylish Bowflex custom colors of red and black. It also has wheels for transport, unlike the Ironmaster Super Bench.
You have to assemble the Bowflex bench out of the box, unlike the Super Bench which comes almost completely assembled. You should give yourself about half an hour to put this bench together.Bowflex offer a 30 year warranty on the frame, with one year on the upholstery.
The Body Solid GFID225 is a foldable bench that is surprisingly solid. Most foldables only do a token job of providing angle adjustments, but not this one. You get a total of 7 different angle adjustments with this bench to allow you to work your body from a range of angles. The design of this bench is very solid, with the framing made from 2 inch by 3 inch oval tubing. That gives you the confidence that this bench will be able to withstand whatever you throw at it.
The GFID225 has built in wheels for easy transportation. It also folds flat for ease of storage, making this bench a no brainer if you have a constricted workout space. The in home lifetime warranty gives you the ultimate in protection - it covers everything forever!
The REP adjustable bench is a commercial level bench that comes in at a home gym price. It is made from variable 14 to 4 gauge square steel framing. The bench is adjustable to 6 levels,along with 3 seat adjustment positions. The angle adjustment is from flat to 85 degrees.
A drawback of the REP bench is that it does not allow you to adjust it to a decline angle. The angle locking mechanism is basic yet effective. This bench comes with wheels so you can easily move it around. It also provides you with floor protectors so that the feet don’t skid out from under you when you are pushing heavy weight. The bench and seat padding is thicker than you’d find on many benches. It provides a good balance between comfort and not being too soft that it impacts upon your performance. This is a solid bench and probably the most comfortable that we have come across. Just keep in mind that you actually only have six back pad adjustments and there is no decline on this one.
The Ironmaster Super Bench is a commercial quality bench at a home gym price. It is an extremely strong, rugged bench that provides you with a total of eleven different angle adjustments, including incline and decline. You get a quality, comfortable and a multi adjustment seat. For the money that you pay, this is the best bench that you are likely to find on the current market.