The Rogue Monster Westside Bench Press
is truly a monster. This bench press is made of 3"x3" steel, and includes an extra-wide
bench pad called the “Fat Pad.” Weighing approximately 400 lbs, this bench press is ready to take
on your most impressive lifts. On the bench “J-Cups” is the iconic Rogue Ohio Bar.
What Is It For?
There is only one purpose for this equipment, and that purpose is to perform the Bench Press.
Do not perform any other movements on this equipment other than the Bench Press movement.
How to Setup?
The bench press is a very dangerous movement when performed incorrectly, and without safety measures
in place. You can search the internet for videos of bench press fails and see what I am talking about.
In order to be as safe as possible, the gym has invested in Monster Strap Safety Sets for the bench
press as well as the squat rack. The image above is the safety strap in question. These safety straps
are better, in the author’s opinion, than pin/pipe systems or the spotter arm system as they allow you
to go through more range of motion, without a jarring stop at the bottom of the movement.
For more information and an impressive video showing a huge amount of weight being caught by these straps
go to Rouge’s site and see them in action.
Now, in order for these straps to potentially save you from a failed lift, they actually have to be
connected to the rack at the right level. What I typically do is lie down on the bench, bring the
barbell down to my chest, and verify that the straps are positioned such that when all the weight
of the barbell is completely supported by the straps and not on your body, the straps are setup right.
Below are two images, the first one is how you move the straps up and down the rack. You will notice
also that you cannot actually take the straps completely off of the rack. To move each side of the
strap you first lightly lift and pull the bracket the strap is attached to away from the rack. You
will see a little nub of a pin in the bracket. Next move this to another pin hole location which
is better suited for your lifting safety, and fully put this nub into the rack, as seen in the second
image. If this bracket is not flush with the rack, the safety system is not fully engaged.
It is always safest to lift with a spotter, and we highly recommend you split your timeslot with a
training partner, or personal trainer in order to maximize your lifts. Within our platform if you
recruit a training partner to join you for your time block, the cost will be split between the
two of you evenly for that particular time slot.
We are hoping this cost splitting will encourage users to bring training buddies with them. In the
following image you can see the spotter platform near the head of the bench press. This heavy duty
steel platform gives a spotter the ability to assist or rescue the lifter with ease.
What is Hanging There
On the bench press station there are chains that you can add to the barbell to give you more dynamic
weight training. The lower the bar goes, the lighter it will become by using the chain weights.
There are also a wide variety of bands, which give another form of dynamic resistance training.
Please use this equipment safely and know what you are going to be able to lift. This is not a
piece of equipment that is very forgiving.