The Best Workout Bench For Your Home Gym
If you are serious about lifting weights in your home gym, then you are going to need a weight bench. This will allow you to do a greater combination of exercises than you would be able to do in a standing position.
This means being able to focus on specific areas of your body.
Sure, weight benches are a large investment, but they are going to pay off in dividends when it comes to what they can do to your health and the look of your body.
On this page, I want to introduce you to the main types of benches on the market. I also want to introduce you to what I feel are some of the best workout benches currently available.
These are benches which would be a perfect addition to any home gym.
#1 Flat Benches
These are the most common benches available. Part of this is down to the fact that they are exceedingly cheap.
Flat benches are nothing more than a bench you can lay down on. There is no adjustment or anything like that. This means that they are simple.
When you use flat benches, you are going to have a bit of a limitation in place when it comes to the type of exercise that you can do on them, but they are the perfect type of ‘starter bench’.
Flat benches are fantastic for those who are working their upper body.
#2 Adjustable Flat Benches
If you need a bit more to your exercise, then you may want to opt for an adjustable flat bench.
On these, you can incline or decline the bench as needed (or just leave in a flat position). This will allow you to target more muscle groups on your body. In particular, your legs.
Sure, they are a bit more expensive than flat benches, but they offer a lot more in the way of versatility.
#3 Olympic Weight Benches
If you are building a home gym, then you are probably not going to be aiming for Olympic weight benches right off the bat. These weight benches are way larger than any of the previous options.
For starters; the bench is often going to be a whole lot wider than your typical flat bench. In addition to this, Olympic weight benches tend to come with a whole load of wonderful attachments. This includes squat racks, dumbbells etc.
If you have the space in your home, and you have the budget available to you, then Olympic weight benches are going to be a fantastic place to start for you. You have a lot of options with them.
However, I do feel that they are going to be a step too far for the vast majority of people.
#4 Folding Weight Benches
These benches are for those who may not have a lot of space in their home i.e. they want to pack away the bench regularly. In terms of features, they are pretty close to your standard flat bench.
However, do bear in mind that because you can fold them up whenever, it is unlikely that they are going to be all that durable. So, unless space is a major concern, you shouldn’t really go for folding weight benches.
#5 Abdominal Benches
These benches are made specifically for working the abdomen. They have foot rollers on the end, and can be inclined or declined however you see fit.
#5 Preacher Curl Bench
A very specific type of workout bench, and one which is unlikely to feature that much in home gyms. These are built specifically for preacher curls.
So, they are only really great for working on your biceps and not that much more.
Now, let’s move on with some of the best workout benches that I have come across.
Marcy Pro PM-507
If you need a flat bench which can fold up with ease, then look no further than the Marcy PM-507. This is the perfect addition to any home gym.
Despite the low price, this bench is incredibly durable, and it is very comfortable to lay down on too.
One of the reasons why I have included it on my list is down to the fact that it is very portable. While you can’t really tell from the picture of it, there are some wheels on the base.
So, if you have a particularly large home gym, then you should be able to find that you can move it from position to position with relative ease.
Obviously, since it is a bit on the cheaper side, it does have its downsides. This is nothing more than a comfortable bench that you can do some workouts on.
It is not absolutely brimming with features, which is probably going to limit what you can do with it.
However, for somebody that is just getting started with their home gym, I honestly can’t think of anything better than this.
UBOWAY Adjustable Weight Bench
If you are regularly working with dumbbells, and I have no doubt that you are since you are reading this website, then you may find that the UBOWAY adjustable weight bench is going to be right up your street.
This workout bench can be moved into a multitude of different positions, which means that you are going to be able to target each specific muscle group.
Despite the low price, this adjustable weight bench comes complete with high density foam, which means that each time you sit on it, you are going to feel incredibly comfortable. It is built to help reduce muscle fatigue during a workout.
If that wasn’t enough, if you order this UBOWAY adjustable weight bench, you will be able to have it delivered to your home AND it will be fully assembled when it gets there.
This means that you can get started in your new home gym as quickly as possible.
The downside is that it is quite a light weight bench, which means that you are going to need to take a little bit of care when you sit down, or it is going to be slipping and sliding all over the place.
Gymenist Exercise Foldable Workout Bench
If you need a workout bench which is highly portable and can be moved wherever you need just by folding it up and carrying it under your arm, then look no further than this.
This is an adjustable workout bench, with three preset positions to ensure that you are targeting the muscle groups that you want to target.
It would have been a little bit better with more than these three presets, but when you are paying such a low price for a workout bench, there are some things that you can let slide on occasion.
One of my favourite features of this bench is the inclusion of the adjustable cushion on the back. You can move this up and down to ensure that you are always getting the maximum amount of support during your workouts.
Obviously, the downside is that this is a bench which has been built to be lightweight, which means you do need a gym floor with a decent grip if you are going to be using this.
You don’t really want it to slip during one of your exercises, right?
Marcy Exercise Utility Upright Bench
Despite the name ‘upright’, you can easily adjust this workout bench however you see fit. This means that you should have no issues targeting the muscles that you want to target.
One of my favourite features of the Marcy Exercise Bench is the foam rollers that it comes complete with.
These are some of the softest around. Not only do they provide wonderful support and protection when you are using the bench, but you can also be sure that it will help to reduce muscle fatigue.
This means that you can work out for longer periods, and at a far harder rate.
There are very few things wrong with this bench.
I think the only issue that people really highlight with the Marcy Exercise Utility Upright Bench is the fact that it can be a little bit uncomfortable to use if you are over 6 foot in size.
Bowflex 3.1 Adjustable Benches
Just like the adjustable dumbbells, Bowflex are the way to go when it comes to adjustable benches.
They make the best on the market.
You have more adjustment than any other bench (this has 4 positions, as opposed to your standard 3), you have a higher amount of durability, and you have a greater level of comfort.
Honestly, I don’t think I have seen somebody say a bad word about the Bowflex range of adjustable bench. Obviously, since this is a quality bench from a top brand, you should expect to pay a premium for it.
However, I promise you, this is an adjustable bench which is going to last you years and years. It is worth paying that premium.
If you have a home gym, then you need to have a decent workout bench in it. Without one, you are really limiting yourself when it comes to exercise.
While I highly recommend that you go for the Bowflex benches if you can afford them, I genuinely feel that any bench on this list is going to be fantastic for any home gym.
I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.