The Ultimate Roman Chair Guide

Roman Chair Guide is the #1 resource for the Roman Chair, also known as a Hyperextension bench.

Hey guys, I’m Steve, the creator of RCG. You can learn a little bit more about me over on my About page.

If this is your first time here, it would be helpful for you to know that RCG is the only site on the web that is specifically dedicated to the Roman Chair and Hyperextension Bench.

In other words, if you’re looking to learn more information about the best roman chair for your money, wanting to get your hands on a free list of Roman Chair Exercises or maybe you’re just searching for a good hyperextension bench workout.

Either way, we’ve got you covered!

Roman Chairs & Hyperextension Benches


Body-Solid 45-Degree Back Hyperextension$$$$4.8

XMark 45 Degree Bench$$4.0
Stamina X Hyper Bench


Powertec Fitness Dual Bench$$$$4.2

Apex Hyperextension Bench

XMark XM-4429$$$4.3

Stamina Pro Ab/Hyper Bench$$$4.6

Powerline PCH24X$$$4.4

Body-Solid GRCH-322$$$$4.8

Fitness Plus Roman Bench$$$3.9

Types of Hyperextension Benches

As you can tell from the chart above, there are a wide variety of brands, styles, and prices to be digested before choosing the right one for your home gym.

In order to give you a bit of a hand here, I’m going to share my thoughts on my top three favorites below.

Note: I’ve personally tried and tested all three of these at work.

1. Body-Solid 45-Degree

Body Solid 45 Degree Roman Chair

While the Body Solid Chair is one of the higher priced chairs in the list, I highly recommend it.

Did I mention I highly recommend this bench?

Trust me when I tell you that the quality of this thing is like none other. It’s an absolute ferrari when comparing it to something like the Apex Hyper Extension Bench.

As soon as I hopped on this thing, I knew I was going to have to shell out the cash and get myself one. At the end of the day, it was a small price considering I still integrate mine into my home workouts to this day.

Needless to say, it was worth every damn penny.

Not only do you get the comfort of knowing that you’re working with one of the best home gym equipment companies on the planet, you’re also purchasing a piece of equipment that comes with the Body Solid lifetime in-home warranty which means you’re getting top-notch support for all parts including the pieces that endure the most wear and tear (pads, pulleys, cables, etc).

Oh, and there’s a reason why this chair has more than 25 four and five star reviews on Amazon. Yeah, it’s that good.


2. Stamina Ab/Hyper Bench Pro

Stamina Hyper Bench ProIf you’re looking for a quality, mid-range chair at a cheap price, this is my top recommendation.

I’ve had the chance to test this bad boy out a few times at work and I have to say, for the money, it’s one of the better hyper benches on the market.

Some of my favorite features are the adjustable bench (from flat to 30 degree decline), the adjustable thigh support and the pivoting ankle rolls. Having the ability to adjust the bench to four different positions is really handy and it’s nice to be able to switch things up depending on which part of your body you’re planning on working out.

If you’re interested in seeing it in action, be sure to check out this short promo video for the Stamina Hyper Bench.


3. XMark 45 Degree Hyperextension Bench XM-4428

XMark 45 Degree Hyperextension BenchLast, but not least, the XMark Hyperextension Bench.

So, what do I think about this one? Well, this is going to be music to your ears…

This bench is hands down the best bang for your buck if you’re looking to spend under $150 on a hyperextension bench.

Trust me, you won’t be able to find much out there on the market these days for less than a hundred and fifty bucks.

The build quality is great considering XMark decided to use 14-gauge steel when constructing it, it’s got a really nice and wide horseshoe style base so you never have to worry about it tipping over on you during a workout (thankfully, right?). The mid-section pads are solid at 2.5″ thick and covered with sweat resistant Duraguard vinyl. Duraguard just sounds tough, doesn’t it?

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a good bench to add to your home gym, and one that won’t break the bank, the XMark is for you.


Benefits of Using a Roman Chair

Alright, now that you’ve gotten this far, I think it’s time we talk about some of the many benefits there is surrounding the use of a these chairs and benches..

Let’s face it, every home gym has to have one of these. But, why?

There’s an endless list of benefits when it comes to using a roman chair, but let’s start by focusing on the most important reasons why you should own one.

Want six pack abs?

Who doesn’t, right? I’m not going to sit here and tell you that doing a hyperextension workout will give you a six pack, because that would be a complete lie. We all know that diet is a 90% when it comes to carving out those washboard abs of yours.

What I can tell you though is that performing multiple sets (3-4 / 10-20 repetitions) of roman chair situps, leg raises and side bends a couple times per week will certainly get you on the fast track to building those abdominals.

Need to Strengthen your Lower Back?

No problem! Back extensions are a great exercise to strengthen lower back muscles.

After some practice, you can move on to things like the Static Back Extension, Single Leg Back Extension, the Hyperextension and more.

How about them glutes?

If you’re looking to work on your glutes, you’re in for a real treat. As a matter of fact, the Roman Chair Squat will be great for beginners and those just starting out.

If you’re feeling tough and you’re pretty comfortable, go ahead and give the Glute Ham Raises a shot. Feel free to shoot me a message letting me know how your quads and glutes feel the following day. Every time I do this exercise, my legs burn for days.


On another note, I hope you guys find this site helpful. I’m working on making it better and better each day. As always, if you have any questions, comments or feedback, please feel free to contact me.

Steve Baker @ Roman Chair Guide