The Gold’s Gym XRS 20 Olympic Bench must be the answer to the prayer of anyone who has longed for a basic bench and squat setup that’s reasonably priced yet has the capacity to tone every set of muscles in the body.
Or is it really that good? Does that low price tag seem quite so low when you consider that it doesn’t come with any weights or a bar? Let’s find out.
All The Exercises You Want
What you’ll probably be impressed with when you’ve unpacked your Gold’s Gym XRS bench is the range of exercises you can do on it. It’s hard to think of a single muscle group that can’t be worked on. A glance at the exercise poster, which can be put on your wall close by, confirms this. If that’s not enough, the user manual has basic workout guidelines to get you started.
In contrast to some home gym equipment, the XRS 20 caters for the legs particularly well. On the bench, the 6-Roll Leg Developer will let you develop your leg muscles with leg extensions and leg curls, and the rack lets you perform squats in complete safety, thanks to the extra long spotters.
For your arm and upper body muscles, there’s the rolled Preacher Pad and detachable Curl Yoke (you have to detach this to exercise your legs). For your shoulders and lats there’s the bench itself for level, inclined and declined presses.
If you’re a complete beginner and want to get to intermediate status, or if you’re already an intermediate lifter and want to maintain your fitness and muscle mass then the Gold’s Gym XRS 20 Olympic Bench is an ideal low-cost solution for you.
As one reviewer has put it, “You can literally do anything with this.”
A Rugged Piece of Equipment
Mention of the price level prompts us to consider the build quality. Have Golds cut any corners in order to keep the price low? Well, some users have found that the paint on the squat rack tends to scrape away in some places, and that the rack itself appears a little shaky at first.
But once you’ve stored your spare weights on the weight plates, which themselves are on the rack, it will be much more stable. The Power Catch™ Uprights are extra long, to make dropping the bar into them that much easier, and the Preacher Pad on the bench is rolled at one end for comfort.
The welding that fixes the various parts of the frame and bench together doesn’t have the finish that more expensive products have, but then this machine does its job and costs but a fraction of those other home gyms. People who buy this buy it for what it can do for them, and not for how it looks.
I would say that this is a rugged piece of equipment and that the quality of this product belies its modest price tag.
Limitations and Requirements
There’s an overall 600-pound weight capacity for the bench and squat rack. That’s 300 pounds for the user and 300 pounds for the weight set. There are some reports of users having exceeded these limits, but it’s probably best to respect them for safety and to look after your machine.
The bench is multi-position, and there are three incline settings as well as flat. The decline setting, though, is hardly ambitious, and some users have commented on this. As a getaround, you can actually fold away the support arm and lay the bench against the perpendicular frame. This will give you a really steep decline, though you probably won’t be able to use weights with your ab curls. Not that you’d need to at that angle.
There are three positions for the spotter arms on the squat rack, and these seem adequate for most users. However, if you’re taller than average you may feel you could ideally do with a higher setting, and if you do lifts from a declined position on the bench then you could probably do with a lower setting. Most users, however, don’t appear to have an issue with this.
Talking of height, if you’re less than 5 feet 7 inches then you may find you have discomfort in using the Preacher Pad for your arm curls.
On the bench, the foam roller leg pads that go underneath your knees can be uncomfortable for some. They’re not adjustable, but you can remove them completely if you prefer.
The final limitation I want to mention relates to the bar. As the name of this product implies, you have to have an Olympic bar on the squat rack. This is 7 feet long and two inches wide, and weighs in at 45 pounds. Some people have fitted the standard 6 foot bar, to economize on space, but they do so at their own risk.
Two Workout Machines in One
The Gold’s Gym XRS 20 Olympic Bench is essentially a bench and squat rack. Of course there’s more to it than that, but remember there are no weights or bar – you have to purchase them separately.
The two parts of the machine physically come apart and can be moved around separately, which is good if you live alone and have to move it around from time to time.
What About Assembly?
Assembly is easy. Sometimes the packaging doesn’t entirely survive transportation and while that may not particularly matter it’s best to check the contents straight away to ensure everything is there.
Allow at least an hour to assemble, and be armed with a socket and ratchet set. Don’t over-tighten the bolts because if you do then you may damage the metal. Just tight enough is all you need.
It’s a good idea to glue the caps securing the ends of the bench legs, as otherwise they may come off every time you move the bench.
And Space Usage?
You really need space of about ten square feet for the Gold’s Gym XRS. The bench is approximately 5 feet by 2 feet, the rack goes on the end of it, and you’ll need a little space to walk around. While the XRS 20 can be fairly easily moved around, it doesn’t actually fold away like some home gyms, so bear that in mind when deciding if it’s for you.
Features and Specifications:
- Shipping Weight: 114.6 pounds
- Item model number: GGBE1486
- 6-Roll Leg Developer
- Rolled Preacher Pad
- Adjustable Safety Spotters
- Weight Capacity: 600 lbs (300 lbs user, 300 lbs weight set)
- Detachable Curl Yoke
- Olympic Multi-Position Bench
- Power Catch™ Uprights
- Detachable Squat Center
Customer Reviews and Ratings
Over forty people have reviewed this product on Amazon at the time of writing, and well over half have given it the full five stars. It’s obvious this is a very popular product with many very happy users.
As you’d expect of a product as inexpensive as this, there are one or two complaints, such as the feet caps coming off the bench legs or the finish not being top quality, but all agree that for the price it’s hard to think of anything that might be remotely as good.
The Gold’s Gym XRS 20 Olympic Bench is an ideal home gym for anyone starting out in keeping fit and muscle toning, and for those who already do so and have limited body building ambitions. It’s inexpensive and covers virtually every muscle in your body, as well as being extremely well built. You can purchase this product with confidence.
The GymsForYou.com Staff