Last Updated on April 8, 2022
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Aldi has been hitting the fitness game hard in recent weeks. Typically, the discount grocer sells fitness equipment around the New Year, when people are eager to act upon their resolutions to get in shape. That’s usually when we see big products such as indoor bikes, foldable exercise bikes, and treadmills, along with smaller exercise products such as tummy trimmers, exercise balls, hand grip strengtheners, and numerous other fitness accessories.
We’re well into 2022 and still Aldi is rolling out exercise equipment such as ellipticals, dumbbells, and workout benches at a high rate. This might be in part because of supply chain snarls and shipping delays that continue to plague retailers all over the world. It could be good news for Aldi shoppers who are hopping onto the fitness bandwagon a little later in the year because it means you haven’t missed your chance to score some deals on exercise gear.
Most recently, Aldi is offering a Pro-Form treadmill that is different from the one it sold in 2021. Aldi is also selling a Pro-Form workout bench … and this comes only a week after Aldi sold a different workout bench under the Weider brand name.
Here, we’re taking at look at the Pro-Form workout bench.
What We Know:
The Pro-Form Sport Olympic System XT (Product Code: 705941) cost $169.99 in April of 2022. While you can find workout benches for less, this price is competitive with benches that have the same features. Other outlets sell this specific bench for the same price, including Dick’s Sporting Goods and Best Buy. (No, we didn’t know that Best Buy sold workout equipment, either.)
This is an Aldi Find, which means it’s only in stores for a short time. Aldi does not offer online ordering for its specials if they’re not in stock at your local store.
ProForm is an exercise equipment brand owned by Icon Health and Fitness in Utah. (The Aldi product listing calls it “Pro-Form” but the company uses both “Pro-Form” and “ProForm” on its website.) Icon was formerly known as Weslo, and some stores still sell Weslo-branded equipment. Other Icon brands include Gold’s Gym and NordicTrack.
This is one of several ProForm products we’ve seen at Aldi. In 2020, Aldi sold the ProForm 205 CST Smart Treadmill. In 2021, Aldi sold the ProForm 505 SPX Indoor Cycle. Then in 2022, Aldi sold the Pro-Form Sport E2.0 Smart Elliptical.
To the best of our knowledge, Aldi has not previously sold a workout bench by ProForm.
Here’s more information about the workout bench system, according to Aldi:
- Adjusts to incline, decline, military and flat bench positions so you can target your entire body
- Durable and easy-to-clean vinyl seat
- Includes two 25-lb. and two 15-lb. weights
- Integrated leg developer builds lower-body strength
- Fixed uprights provide a secure place to store your barbell in between sets
- Comfortable high-density foam provides long-lasting support
- Seamlessly adjust bench to target different muscle groups
- 510 lb. total weight capacity (300 lb. user + lift load)
- 42” W x 79” D x 55” H
Since the bench has released, a number of shoppers on social media have reported that, contrary to the Aldi ad, it does not come with weights — in other words, that part is allegedly a misprint. Also note that the bench does not come with a barbell.
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t tried this system, so we don’t know how easy it is to assemble, how well it works, or how sturdy or durable it is. We write open threads so readers can share about their own experiences with a product.
Do you own the Pro-Form Sport Olympic System XT? Tell us what you think of it in the comments below.
I purchased this from Aldi a few weeks ago. On a scale from 1 to 5. I would give this a 4. Some of the parts seem poor/cheaply made. but state it can hold up about 310 lbs.???? That being said, I’m 200 lbs. So I can only put a another 100lbs on the bar…Soooo…………I would only get this for a beginner or for someone looking for a light workout etc..(backrest and seat) don’t seem to feel sturdy and have a little wobble to it if your not steady when you lift.
The price is great and it was easy to put together so that’s where the 4 comes from. it lost a point for the lack of holding more weight and the wobble from the backrest. Not sure who co-signed that backrest design but if that was replaced this would be 5 stars all the way.