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Gold's Gym XR 5.9 Slant Bench

  • UPC Code/Product Code : 043619048698
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  • Brand : Gold's Gym


  • Multi-position weight bench
  • Conveniently adjusts to incline, decline or flat
  • Four-roll leg lockdown
  • Adds definition to your abs, obliques and hip flexors
  • Lets you work abdominal muscles with this bench that quickly converts into a slant board
  • Sewn vinyl seats look nicer, are more comfortable and will last longer than vinyl seats that are just stretched and stapled on
  • Exercise chart teaches you which exercises focus on what muscle groups and how to perform each exercise most effectively with a step-by-step guide
  • Model#: GGBE4869
  • Model No.: GGBE4869
  • Shipping Weight (in pounds): 40.5
  • Product in Inches (L x W x H): 40.0 x 18.25 x 53.5
  • Assembled in Country of Origin: USA or Imported
  • Origin of Components: USA or Imported

Reviews for XR 5.9 Slant Bench

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  • DIYdadoftwo
    Good bench

    5 out of 5, reviewed on 10.22.2009


    I have been looking for an economical compact bench to use at home, I noticed this bench at a very reasonable price and decided to give it a try. I was afraid the bench would end up being one of the shorter benches that I have read about in other bench reviews, I received it yesterday and put it together and it is a very nice bench, I am 6' tall and it is plenty long enough. I used the bench this morning for dumbell lifts and it is very sturdy. Very good product at a good price.

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  • bradzone
    Functional and Great Value

    4 out of 5, reviewed on 11.14.2009


    As someone who has been weight training for over 10 years, I can say that this bench is a great value if you are just looking for an inexpensive bench to do incline, flat, and decline exercises. Note that it is essentially a slant board, so while the back adjusts to any position, the seat cannot be adjusted and is fixed in a decline position. I didn't find this to be much of a problem - I'm able to do flat bench exercises (found those easier with the leg pads off), but if you are looking for a bench that adjusts to a completely flat position then this is not your answer. Still for the price you can't beat it - add a pair of dumbells and you basically have a home gym.

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  • WhiteGravie
    Not good, poor design, price is luring though

    2 out of 5, reviewed on 01.22.2014


    This bench stinks man, stay away from it if you can find another one in the same price range. After 2 weeks of use, I still don't like it. Here is the truth about this product. The bench is TOO angled you can never get flat, the pictures make you think it's not that bad or it adjusts, but your booty is always at 45 degrees. The pad is not supportive either, it's hard on your back and I'm not a cry-baby, this thing is just cheap. I also struggle a lot with getting the pin to go all the way through when adjusting the angle.

    On a good note, it looks nice, is lightweight, and when the pin works it is fairly smooth changing positions. The base is wide enough too so it doesn't tip from side to side.

    Stay away though, I grabbed it due to price and being on the shelf, but it's not something I would buy again.

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  • ninzy
    great buy

    5 out of 5, reviewed on 11.10.2009


    We were pleasantly surprised with this bench. The durability and quality were better than we expected for only paying $50 bucks for it. We definitely recommend this bench to anyone who is interested in doing ab or lifting workouts.

    We would purchase again in a heartbeat!

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  • An anonymous customer
    Pretty Good

    4 out of 5, reviewed on 12.31.2009


    Like the reviewer above said, the photo is misleading and it's not a true flat bench. The seat slants up slightly. However, that doesn't necessarily stop a person from doing bench presses.

    Also the padding is likely to go flat after a short time in my opinion. Assembly was okay if not for the fact that some of the lug nuts or bolts wouldn't screw easily together. Finally, it says it supports people up to 300 lbs.

    Oh, I forgot to add that if anyone wants to see what the bench really looks like just enter the phrase "gold's gym utility bench impex" into Google Products and that's more or less it.

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  • An anonymous customer
    Good, but only if you don't need a flat bench.

    4 out of 5, reviewed on 10.29.2013


    Great price, solid piece of equipment, and easy to assemble, following well-written instructions. So, all-in-all an excellent value.

    I downgraded it on "Meets Expectations" because I thought, from the online and on the package descriptions, that this bench could lie flat. But no; it's a slant bench. It can be called "flat" only if completely reclined (with blood rushing to your head, or your head on the seat, and your feet on the floor.) It suits my purpose for most of the exercises in my program (i.e., seated or incline presses, flyes, and rows) but not for those really requiring a flat bench (e.g., a chest press or overhead tricep pull-over).

    Partly my fault for not researching the product.

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  • vmv1
    nicely made, but a little misleading

    4 out of 5, reviewed on 11.17.2009


    I was looking for a bench to put in front of the tv to encourage myself to do some light weight lifting instead of sitting on the couch. For the money, this bench does what I needed it to do, and it seems sturdy and well made. I like that the back is adjustable. The photos are misleading in that the seat is not flat - it's actually slanted up. Had I known that, I may not have purchased the bench. Also, the bar that is supposed to hold your legs for situps and crunches doesn't work for me because my legs are too short (I'm 5'-2"). I think the bar is designed for taller people, and it's not adjustable.

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  • AHsemble
    Assemble In Less Than 20-Minutes

    4 out of 5, reviewed on 08.12.2010


    We bought the product solely for the purpose of helping others with their assembly process. Our package was complete and free of defects.
    The assembly process was not terribly difficult. Included in this post is a link to a video which will assist with the beginning assembly process. Visit www.ahsemble.com to see step-by-step videos of the entire assembly process. We can show you how to assemble this product in less than 20-minutes. Enjoy your workout faster and avoid common assembly mistakes.

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  • Stilgar86
    Simple Inexpensive and Useful Utility

    4 out of 5, reviewed on 11.15.2009


    The reason I bought this product was because it was inexpensive and offered everything I wanted for the price.

    The installation took me about 45 minutes, and I made a few errors in terms assembling it. Assembling instructions could have been better.

    They talked about provided grease, which wasn't there in the packaging.

    The bench has met my expectations, and for the price I am quite content.

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  • Seanskis
    Sized for a small child

    1 out of 5, reviewed on 03.05.2011


    Hi, I got this bench because I valued the idea of doing uphill sit-ups and working out with weights by doing butterflies for example. Unfortunately, they were off by about half a foot in two key measurements. First of all, when I decline the bench to do uphill sit-ups, hanging from my knees against their pads, my butt centers, not on the tiny seat, but on the joint between the seat and the chair. That's because the distance between the knee pad and the back of the seat is about half the length of the upper part of my leg. So, they should have moved the knee pad up at least six inches, if not a foot. Secondly, when I go to put my foot under the ankle pad, there isn't enough room because of the bottom bar. Again, this is because the distance between the knee pad and the ankle pad is about half the distance of my lower leg. That would have been okay if they had moved the knee pad up by six inches to a foot. However, they didn't. Plus, you guessed it, that also means the slope isn't very steep. I've tried rigging it with a stiff pillow to try to push my knees farther away to an appropriate distance, but gravity pulls on me and it just compresses the pillow. Bottom line, buying this bench was almost a complete waste of money. I still have no where to do sit-ups. On the very small bright side, it is a regular bench when it comes to butterflies. If you are looking for a bench to do only butterflies on, then I'd recommend one that doesn't have the tiny little seat and knee pads though. If you are looking for bench just like this for a small child, I estimate that it's big enough for ages up to third grade. I think I would have been too big for it by fourth grade, at least in my judgment. Anyway, it looked like it was too good to be true for a reason--it isn't true--this is not sized for an adult. On the other hand, if they were to make it larger, the craftsmanship is terrific.

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  • sitegirl
    awesome bench

    5 out of 5, reviewed on 12.05.2009


    very awesome utility bench for a friendly price. has a lot of features and looks great!

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  • TheJerkStore

    5 out of 5, reviewed on 05.18.2010


    Supports me with weights without a problem (total of my weight + dumbbells is over 300 lbs). Adjustable bench angles help for a variety of exercises. Bench doesn't have a 'flat' setting, but it gets close enough to flat. Can't beat the price, I'd definately recommend this product!

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  • SamsonsMaster
    Average quality for the price

    3 out of 5, reviewed on 04.16.2011


    I was looking for an inexpensive but sturdy workout bench to use in my basement and found this bench at Walmart. It was not difficult to put together, but like other reviewers have mentioned, the holes did not line up completely and it was difficult to get the bolts to pass through. I was disappointed to find some minor damage to two parts of the bench, as well as a small tear in the seat cushion (hidden from view, but still...). The damage was to the plastic covers that fill the square holes of the frame. Not a big deal, but I would expect a damage free product when pulling something brand new out of the box. I am a 5'5" female and weigh 125 lbs and the bench felt very sturdy when I used it. It is long enough when lying flat that I didn't feel like I was using a kiddie weight bench. For the price ($48) it was a good buy for what I will use it for.

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  • TysMomma01

    1 out of 5, reviewed on 08.15.2011


    My husband is having surgery on his neck and needed something for his rehabilitation. I thought this bench would fit the bill for him to be able to do simple workouts. That would probably be true, if I was able to get the thing together! Two holes absolutely do not line up on the seat, and the ones that do are now threaded out because there's no reinforcement inside the wood/padding to hold them there. I'm currently staring at the thing trying to decide if there's a cheap permanent fix (ie liquid nails) or if it's making a trip back to the store. You can't rate an item for value and expectations if you have no chance of using it. Very disappointed in the product!

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  • Phil729

    1 out of 5, reviewed on 08.05.2013


    I was looking for an adjustable bench and didn't want to spend a lot. This bench got a lot of good reviews online. So it seemed like a no-brainer. It was easy to set up (@45 min) and felt pretty sturdy. It's good in the incline positions, but not for flat or decline. I'm a small guy (5'6", 150 lbs) and I didn't fit on the bench properly. The seat angle makes using this as a flat bench uncomfortable. The positioning of the leg pads don't work very well for the decline position. I felt it put too much pressure on my lower legs, so much that the discomfort distracted from concentrating on the exercise. My wife thought it looked good, until she tried it. She's smaller than me and fit a little better but she also complained about the seat angle for flat and said her legs hurt in the decline position. So back to Walmart it goes.

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  • ziggo
    Not so good for the tall guys

    2 out of 5, reviewed on 09.29.2011


    First of all this bench will not go flat all the way. I am 6'4 240lbs and my legs can not fit under the feet holders, so my legs have to just hang over the inclined part of the bench which is not so good. i am not that happy with it and I am going to try to return it to the store without box..wish me luck.

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  • SouthernMissus
    Great Bench!

    4 out of 5, reviewed on 12.31.2013


    I have been scouting for a decline/flat/incline bench for a reasonable price. Surprisingly they're not too easy to come by without forking over a lot of cash. I was skeptical that the quality of a bench from Wal-Mart would fall under the category of "you get what you pay for", but for $50 that included a medicine ball of my choice (up to 12#) and free shipping, I am super glad I went with this product! It was a nice surprise.

    The bench is quite comfortable and is used for our at home workouts. It's a great size for adults. Granted if you are a large individual and tuck your ankles under the lower leg pads it will probably be snug. The seat is slanted and nonadjustable but it doesn't affect anything. It's quite nice for decline and flat positions.

    When putting the bench together, if you are a beginner or lack physical strength I would recommend having someone help you. Putting the pieces together isn't difficult at all if you are familiar with 'gym' equipment. However, you must tighten all the bolts when you are done and even though I am very fit I still needed my husband's help for that part.

    Overall this is a fantastic product for beginner or advance. If you are a beginner you may find the included workout that comes with the bench useful.

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  • NorthC01
    Product performs well

    5 out of 5, reviewed on 11.17.2010


    Product well made. Product seat is always at an angle, however, plenty of room to perform flat bench lifting. Product with comfortable vinyl seat and back. Excellent price. Would highly recommend.

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  • Spacehammer
    Holes don't line up

    1 out of 5, reviewed on 01.29.2011


    The backbone of the bench consists of two square metal pipes. Mine don't fit together correctly. Two bolts are supposed to hold them in place. I can only get one bolt in, and it's at a slight angle. There's a pin that holds the back rest in place. The holes on mine don't line up...I can't get the pin through the frame and the curved support.

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  • tarheelz
    Overall, not a bad bench for $50.

    3 out of 5, reviewed on 09.30.2011


    Pros: 1) low cost. 2) light weight and easy to move around.
    Cons: 1) The hinge that the backrest pivots on is exposed when the backrest is in the full decline position. If you are doing situps, you have to put a towel over the hinge to keep it from digging in to your back. 2) Weight restrictions keep you from lifting heavy weights. 3) The seat pad is at an odd incline and you cannot adjust it.

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Questions and Asnwer for XR 5.9 Slant Bench

  • Joel81
    Is the picture correct?
    Asked on 08.30.2010

    Is the picture correct ? I dont see how it will go to a flat position if the bench is like the image.

    • notoriousscottyb

      it's an incline and decline bench. the is a horizontal position also.

    • Crunching

      The seat is always at at a slant for sit ups or crunches. It's only the back that can go straight.

    • SCJL

      Yes, the picture is correct. The back adjusts to a flat position but the seat is always in a fixed, slightly declined position.

    • Irdiverdan

      It goes flat and deline as well...adjustment is set by a pin.

    • Cheesepipe

      the entire bench does not go totally flat

    • jgxxvi

      The back of the bench can go from vertical to slight decline. There is a setting that serves as a flat bench as well.

    • Kudzooman

      It does not go to a flat position.

    • douglasnz

      The backrest can adjust to a flat position, but the seat is fixed at the angle you see in the photo.

    • jlee107

      Yeah, the picture is correct. There is no true "flat" position.

    • mcdude9999

      The picture is correct, but it will recline to almost flat. Basically, that bar slides through the base, and it uses a big cotter pin to hold it at various angles. Since the seat is stationary, and the back folds down, they are never at a perfectly flat angle, and you end up lying on just the backrest portion for bench presses. I am 6'2", and can fit quite well, comfortably, on the horizontal portion and bench a couple hundred pounds.

  • ol boy
    I am looking for a good bench for sit ups, is this the one I need?
    Asked on 01.18.2013

    • busyazabee85

      i used to work at a gym, and took advantage of all available equipment of course....i personally love this bench for abs, all the way declined, w/feet secured...let's u choose how far u want to go down. if u are in decent enough shape to do a sit up, u should be pleased. my husband on the other hand, does not like it for abs, uses it for bench presses instead....he doesn't like that he felt he was using his back too much, but i think his core strength was not where he thought it was, and it made it too strenuous on his lower back.... i enjoy it though, feels like i'm working out front and back lol

    • 358jdj

      Yes. It is perfect. I took off the top padded bar. I found that it wasn't needed. You might try that.

    • DocLasVegas

      Probably the best for sit ups. That's what I use it for.

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    • BargainHunter444

      I use the bench for incline crunches with a 8 lb.medicine ball. I have full range of motion, moving left and right. The foam padded rollers securely hold my feet so I don't feel like I might fall off or lose my balance. I weigh 160lbs. but there is a weight limit of 300 lbs. for this bench. Hope that helps.

    • orion7

      Depends on your height.

    • CJKopp

      My son is 16 & about 140 lbs. & he does sit ups / crunches on this bench including using weights.

    • Coffgl

      I wouldn't recommend this for sits ups. Leg configuration is too tight.

    • Jonesy2

      the seat is at a slant and if you use the side with the knee and ankle cushions you may find it uncomfortable. I have found it OK if you are looking to do more of a crunch on a slant board.

    • Workout121212

      Yes, this bench is great for sit ups, it is able to decline far enough to get a good ab workout