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COVID-19 has changed the way people are choosing to tackle their fitness goals. After a year and a half without consistent access to public gyms, many people have opted out of paying pricey memberships and are choosing to create a home gym instead.
Aside from the basics of weights, resistances bands and exercise balls, some people are taking their home gyms to the next level by investing in expensive exercise bikes and treadmills. If large workout equipment is out of your current budget or not realistic for your space, one easy way to elevate your workout is with a workout bench.
Workout benches are a versatile piece of home workout equipment that can be used for strength training, cardio and more. One workout bench that's rising in the ranks on Amazon is the Adjustable Bench by BangTong&Li, on sale for $150. The foldable bench has seen a 1,449 per cent spike in sales and is currently ranked second on Amazon's Movers & Shakers list for sporting and outdoor equipment.
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What is it?
BangTong&Li’s adjustable and foldable workout bench is made with an enhanced steel tube frame to provide a stable surface for even the most high-intensity workouts.
The bench includes a thick cushion and can support up to 660 lbs, ideal for at-home strength training (weight rack not included) and full body workouts that include hop overs, dips, planks and more.
What people are saying
BangTong&Li's foldable bench has earned a solid 4.5-star rating based on more than 1,100 customer reviews from Amazon shoppers who have called it a "strong and sturdy" addition to their home gym.
"Awesome bench for at home workouts," wrote one shopper who decided to build a home gym for themselves during the pandemic.
Other shoppers have said that even though the bench is foldable and able to be stored away, when it's in use "it doesn't wobble" and is a sturdy base for workouts, and easy to clean. The "easy to assemble" bench takes minutes to put together out of the box.
"This bench is comparable to one you would find in a gym," one shopper wrote, adding that the bench was "well built" and easy to fold and store away.
Although the reviews are mostly positive, some shoppers have advised putting a cover or towel on the seat before you work out to prevent wear and tear. There are a few reviews that have noted that the seat cushion can tear after frequent use and not as thick as the material you would find on other, more expensive benches.
If you're someone who misses having the comforts of the gym at home, the BangTong&Li workout bench might be for you. Unlike some benches that have an adjustable back for support, this flat workout surface is more versatile and sturdy enough for you to do hop overs, dips and more.
Even though 72 per cent of the bench's reviews have 5 stars, there are some reported issues with wear and tear after a few months. However, if you're looking to workout from home until you're comfortable returning to the gym, this affordable bench will help you achieve the basics of your workout to help you break a sweat and relieve some stress.