Force USA Commercial FID Bench Review
You might not realize it at first, but a weight bench can be one of the most helpful pieces of equipment you can have in your home gym. Adjustable benches like the Force USA Commercial FID bench offer a lot of utility since you can work your muscles in different angles. FID stands for flat, incline, and decline. A bench like this can allow you to do exercises like an incline bench press, which is something you can’t do with a normal flat bench. If you’re looking for a commercial grade FID bench, this one from Force USA could be a solid choice for you.
This weight bench is rated to hold up to 1,300 pounds of weight, which will make this a good option for nearly every weightlifter. It features seven different back pad adjustments to pair with three different seat pad adjustments. A handle and wheels will make it easy to move around your gym, and you don’t have to worry about the front foot getting in the way of your feet as you get set up for a bench press. There is a lot to like about this commercial grade weight bench — keep reading to find out more details on how it can help you reach your fitness milestones.
- The Force USA Commercial FID bench can hold up to 1,300 pounds, which is more than your typical home gym weight bench.
- Since it’s an FID bench, you have seven different back pad adjustments, so you can perform both incline and decline exercises.
- Because it’s commercial grade quality, it’s durable and could last you decades.
Force USA Commercial FID Bench
Force USA Commercial FID Bench
The Force USA Commercial FID Bench has a weight rating of 1,300 pounds, and features seven back pad adjustments to go along with three seat adjustments. This FID bench can be adjusted to the incline and decline position, adding variety to your workouts.
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Force USA Commercial FID Bench Highlights
Adjustable weight benches are a bit superior to a normal flat bench since they offer more versatility, and FID benches like this one from Force USA bring another layer of versatility since you can adjust the back pad to the decline position. The incline and decline positions on this bench should allow you to focus on your upper and lower chest to help you develop your pectoral muscles in an effective way. However, it’s worth noting that there isn’t an attachment to hold your legs in place while in the decline position so you’ll want to be careful.
This weight bench won’t take up too much space in your home gym since it’s only 17.5 inches tall, 53 inches long —and including the wheels — only around 28 inches wide. Because the dimensions are similar to a traditional weight bench, storing this bench won’t be too difficult, but we still recommend having around eight square feet of space to get a proper workout in. The back pad is 12 inches wide, which might be great for a lot of people, but anyone who needs a wider pad will be disappointed that you are not able to swap this one out.
Who Should Buy the Force USA Commercial FID Bench
- Anyone looking for a commercial grade adjustable bench will be happy with the durability and weight rating of this FID bench.
- Powerlifters looking for a weight bench that can handle heavy loads will appreciate this bench can handle up to 1,300 pounds.
- Folks who want an adjustable bench for their home gym will enjoy the seven different back pad positions that are available for use.
Who Shouldn’t Buy the Force USA Commercial FID Bench
- Those who are not going to put the weight limit of this bench to the test might not be interested in spending nearly $500.
- Athletes looking for their weight bench to be compatible with attachments will want to look elsewhere. This one isn’t very compatible.
- If you aren’t interested in the available adjustments, you’ll most likely be better off with a regular flat bench.
The Force USA Commercial FID bench is listed right around $450, with shipping bringing the total to nearly $500. While that might not be cheap, the overall quality and weight rating is what’s driving that price — so if you’re a powerlifter it might be worth the money.
However, if you don’t lift super heavy, or if you’re wanting your bench to be compatible with attachments, you might not be interested in the price here since it doesn’t come with any, nor is it compatible with any. But once again, the quality of this bench may make the money worth it in the long run since it can handle up to 1,300 pounds and is the equivalent of what you’d find in a commercial gym.
Luckily, if you don’t want to spend $500 up front, Force USA offers the ability to finance your purchase through Affirm. The monthly payments start at $40, but could be more depending on your credit score. One of the best things Force USA has going for them is that they include a lifetime structural warranty on this bench covering any manufacturing defects. Because this bench is of such high quality, and the weight rating is pretty elite, we think it could be well worth the money if you are going to be putting the weight limit to the test.
Overall Build and Quality
While Force USA only lists the steel used for this weight bench as "heavy gauge steel tubing," we found it to be about as durable as you could ask for a weight bench to be. The front foot takes up minimal space which is great for when you get set up for your bench presses, plus it has a flat base to add to the stability. The handle is located at the base of the front foot and is pretty easy to grab, plus you have two wheels for it to glide around on the floor. The good news is that despite the fact that it can hold up to 1,300 pounds, it isn’t very heavy.
The foam padding is pretty comfortable while working out, but you don’t need to worry about it being too soft. We found it to be a happy medium of comfort and stability. There is a pretty noticeable gap between the seat pad and the back pad, which can be annoying to deal with. This is pretty common with adjustable benches though and likely won’t impact your workouts in a negative way.
We don’t know the actual weight, but it seems to be around 60-65 pounds — so you can pick it up to move it if necessary. Since the dimensions are about what your typical weight bench would be, it should be able to fit in the majority of home gyms.
While this is an adjustable weight bench, there aren’t many features that you’ll find with it, mainly since it’s not compatible with any attachments. If attachments are what you’re looking for, you’ll want to explore some other options. Force USA actually offers a bench that comes with a preacher curl attachment as well as a leg roller to perform lying leg curls and leg extensions — but the weight rating of that bench is nearly half of this one. The front foot takes up minimal space around your feet, and the pairing of a handle and wheels makes it easy to move around your gym.
An annoying problem that lifters tend to deal with is foot placement when going to bench press. Since the front foot on this weight bench takes up minimal space, you don’t have to worry about anything interfering with your foot placement. That’s going to allow you to get more "comfortable" when lifting, but will also allow you to produce optimal foot drive while benching.
Since the Force USA Commercial FID bench is an adjustable bench, you’ll find that you have seven different back pad adjustments to pair with three different seat adjustments. There aren’t any degree markings listed on this bench, which is a bummer, but you can still find the right placement for your lifts.
While you can absolutely implement a decline bench press with this weight bench, it likely isn’t the ideal choice for that exercise since there isn’t a leg roller attachment to keep your legs in place, which could lead to you sliding down the bench during your set.
Since you have a handle and wheels on this bench, you can move it around however you please. That way if you have a power rack, you can move it out for you to rep some squats, or place it in the cage for some barbell shoulder presses. Luckily this weight bench is pretty light, maybe around 65 pounds, so you can pick it up if that’s easier for you. Oftentimes, weight benches have a handle that can be a little awkward to get ahold of, but that’s not the case with this bench, which is a nice touch.
Spacing can be a bit of a hassle with the majority of gym equipment, and that’s not different with a weight bench. Fortunately, the dimensions of the Commercial FID Bench are relatively small, but we still recommend having around eight square feet of space while working out.
Since this is a commercial grade bench, it’s durable enough to last for decades, and the foam padding will provide comfort for your lifts. The cherry on top with this weight bench is that it’s rated to hold up to 1,300 pounds of weight which is a rarity for at-home weight benches.
While you might not think of the padding used for a weight bench, nobody wants to be uncomfortable when getting ready to hit their one rep max bench press. We felt as if the foam padding with this bench provided some comfort, while also being firm at the same time. Since the foam is covered in a material that resembles leather, you’ll want to wipe it off as you begin to sweat or you could run into the issue of losing traction when lifting. It doesn’t have the same grippiness as other bench pad materials that we’ve tried.
Force USA describes their steel frame to be made from "heavy gauge steel tubing". While we don’t know the exact gauge used, commercial grade benches tend to use 11-gauge — we’ve used some 11-gauge steel benches lately and this one seems to be similar to those. Since the foam padding is enclosed in a material that resembles leather, you might find yourself losing traction while you sweat, so you’ll want to wipe it down.
While you might think a weight bench that features a high weight rating like this one to have a large footprint, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that the Commercial FID Bench won’t demand too much space in your gym. It’s 17.5 inches tall, which is pretty close to a competition bench, it’s 53 inches long, and is around 28 inches wide including the wheels.
The back pad is 12 inches wide, which could be great for a lot of lifters, but those who desire a wider pad will be disappointed that you can’t exchange it for one. We still suggest having around eight square feet of space when working out, so keep that in mind as you map out your home gym.
Force USA designed this weight bench to handle up to 1,300 pounds of weight, including your body weight. This is an elite number, especially compared to other weight benches that you could add to your home gym.
While we did have to assemble this adjustable weight bench ourselves, it didn’t take us too long to do it. We had one person assemble it, and it took them under an hour. This isn’t too terrible compared to some other benches out there.
Force USA throws in a lifetime structural warranty with this weight bench that is going to cover any manufacturing defects that may occur.
Places to Buy
You can purchase the Force USA Commercial FID Bench directly through the Force USA website.
Since 2000, Force USA has offered quality gym equipment for athletes who want to build a home gym. They now operate in over 25 countries, if you want to find out more about their operations, you can fill out a request form for someone to email you, or contact their USA team at (385) 557-2554, and their Canada team at (778) 800-950.
The Force USA Commercial FID Bench is a sturdy weight bench that serious weight lifters should consider when looking for a new weight bench. It’s able to withstand up to 1,300 pounds, and offers a lot of versatility since it can be adjusted to both incline and decline positions. The quality is similar to what you’ll find in a commercial gym, meaning it could last you a couple decades. Since this is an FID bench, you’re able to perform a decline bench press, but it might not be the optimal choice since you don’t have anything to keep your legs in place while lifting.
While $500 may be a bit pricey for anyone who doesn’t lift heavy weight, or is looking for a bench that is compatible with attachments — if you are a serious strength athlete who is lifting a lot of heavy weight, this may be money well spent for you. The minimal footprint makes this compatible with the majority of home gyms, and the front foot shouldn’t get in the way while getting your feet set for a bench press. Overall, we think the quality, along with the hefty weight rating may make it worth the money, and could be the bench that will help take you to the next level.