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Overview and review of the Rogue AB3 [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Nov 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Overview and review of the Rogue AB 3 Adjustable bench 

The Rogue AB3 bench comes in at $935 and is a great addition to your existing gym to widen the possible exercises you can do. This article was originally published in "Which bench to get to from Rogue".

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Most popular Rogue bench

This is an overview of the most popular Rogue benches based on views and click throughs for purchase on in 2020. If you want to dig deeper on the details of the data you can read what were the most popular rogue products in 2020. 

Most popular Rogue bench in 2020

These were the most popular rogue benches on in 2020. The rankings were as followed:
The Rogue AB3 is the most expensive bench you can get from Rogue. In return, you get a monster of a bench that can do incline and decline bench presses. I am not a huge fan of decline bench presses, especially for a home gym where you might pin yourself without any help around. Therefore I lean more towards the AB2. You can read the full review of the AB3 by following this link.
The Rogue AB2 is the little brother of the AB3. It is the same bench except that it is missing the mechanics to do decline benches. This makes it the best value for money bench from Rogue in my opinion. You can read the full review of the AB2 via this link.
The Rogue west side bench 2.0 is the bench of choice if you weigh more than 120kg and you are a huge fan of the west side method. In my opinion, you can get no bench which is as sturdy at this price point. This bench allows for all the band variations you can dream of and can take a 1000 pound bench press as long as you bolt it to the ground. If you are not a monster, this might be a little overkill. You can read the full review of the Rogue Westside bench 2.0 by following this link.
The Rogue adjustable bench 2.0 is a cheaper design than the AB2 which does the same thing. I personally prefer the pin and lock system of the AB2 as it is sturdier and leaves you with less risk of catching your fingers in it. The adjustable bench 2.0 is easier to adjust but more likely to slip a notch during exercise when not put in place correctly or catch a finger in the mechanics. You can read the full review of the Rogue adjustable bench 2.0 via this link.
The rogue combo rack could also be listed under racks. I chose to list it under benches because if you buy this instead of a power rack, you buy it for the competition bench and not for the squat stand. Compared to other combo racks in the market the price is decent and you will get a high-quality combo rack. It is not recommended if you are not already an experienced lifter. You can read the full review of the Rogue combo via this link.

Overview of the Rogue AB3 Adjustable bench

The AB3 Adjustable bench is the next generation bench of the AB2. The AB3 adds decline positions to the setup to make it possible to either bench incline, flat or decline. It made from 11 Gauge steel and is a direct descendent of the Nebula 1080 bench. It also comes on rolls and can be maneuvered around easily. The Rogue AB3 has the following specifications: 
  • Adapted from the Nebula 1080 "Awesome" Utility Bench
  • Includes NEW Decline Bench feature
  • 6 Adjustable Seat Settings
  • 9 Adjustable Back Pad Settings
  • Weight: 117LB
  • Length (with bench flat): 68"
  • Pad Width: 12"
  • Height: 18"
  • Steel: 2x2" and 2x3" 11-Gauge Steel
Which makes it the most versatile one in the Rogue line up.

Pros of the Rogue AB3 Adjustable bench

The AB3 is the most versatile bench out of the Rogue line up. You can use it on the entire gym floor and give it the most possible setups to bench press. 

Cons of the Rogue AB3 Adjustable bench

For a portable bench, the AB3 comes in at a high price. The attachment which makes it possible to decline bench might also not be for everyone. Especially powerlifters and big athletes might feel like that this addition to the bench is more of a hindrance than a value add. 

Alternatives to the Rogue AB3 Adjustable Bench

Alternatives to the Rogue AB 3 bench are
The AB2 is the bench as the AB3 just without the option to do decline bench presses. If you want a big bench that can be moved and don’t trust decline setups on portable benches this is the one for you. 
The Rogue Westside 2.0 bench is a drop in for Rogue racks specialized for the Westside style training. It will provide a flat bench setup which can be effectively used with bands and chains to create a maximum variation on the flat bench press. 
The Rogue Adjustable bench is the best value for money bench you can get from Rogue. They spent time and thought on perfecting the production process to make this their low-cost adjustable bench.

Summary for the AB3 Adjustable bench

The Roge AB3 is the Porsche in the Rogue portfolio when it comes to portable benches. As long as you don't mind the attachment at the end of the bench getting in your way.

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