Monday, April 4, 2011

Product Review: PT Pro Portable Fitness Bench

I’ve been working with weight loss and fitness clients for over 15 years.  One thing that I have noticed over the years is that people who work out at home do a much better job at sticking with their routine than those that go to a gym.  This is for a few reasons.  Number one is a time issue.  If you have to get in your car, drive to the gym, get changed in the locker room and then do the same thing in reverse, you may have just turned your 40 minutes workout into an hour and 20 minute ordeal.  It’s just too easy to blow off. 

Also, somewhere along the way, gyms became really expensive!  Many gyms here in the Boston area are $70, $80 or even $100 dollars a month.  This adds up.  If you are spending $80 a month for your gym, that is $960 per year or $4800 in 5 years.  If you took 50% of one years gym fees, you can set yourself up with a home gym that will last for decades!

A great start for any home gym is a set of dumbbells and an exercise bench.  Enter the PT Pro Portable Fitness Bench.  This bench is perfect for people that don’t have a lot of space and/or don’t want to look at their exercise equipment on a regular basis.

Here are some of the features and benefits of this bench
#1) It folds up for storage.  The legs of this bench fold up so you can store it in a closet.  This is a great feature if you live in an apartment and don’t want your bench taking up valuable space.

#2) For fitness professionals; it is highly portable.  The bench is lightweight and you can bring it to a client’s home if you are an in-home trainer.

#3) The bench has both incline and decline capabilities so you can add a lot more variety than you can with a simple flat bench.

#4) It is very well made.  I’ve had mine for years and it is holding up extremely well.  In fact, it looks and works as well today as the day I got it.

Cost: It is not cheap at $299 but it is a one time expense, you’ll likely never have to buy another bench.  It’s also a cost saver if it allows you to cancel your gym membership. 

For more information, here’s the manufacturer’s website:

I recommend it highly.


Anonymous said...

Good idea Tom! This is not meant to lessen your recommendation, but when I looked at the photos on the website, I couldn't help but wonder why they don't offer an ironing board modification.

fatfighter said...

Thanks for the review! We may need to get one of these. My husband and I dropped our gym membership recently because of the cost. :(