“The classic barbell bench press has always been one of the gym’s glamour lifts, and it’s one of the finest ways to add size, strength, and power to your chest. It’s a move that you inherently know, too, a more loaded version of the exercise you learned when you were younger, the pushup,” David Otey, C.S.C.S., an NYC-based strength coach, told us.
To nail it, it all comes down to correct positioning.
“Much like a pushup, you need your shoulder blades to squeeze together as you lower the weight,” Men’s Health Fitness Director Ebenezer Samuel, C.S.C.S., previously said.
But having a weight bench can be utilized for so much more than just chest exercises (like chest presses, dumbbell bench presses and incline bench supersets.) The moves you can do on a weight bench are nearly limitless. You can also do tons of triceps targeting skullcrushers, glute bridges, incline rows to hit your back, ab moves, quad and leg moves like split squats, and more biceps moves than you can imagine with just this one piece of equipment.
Have we convinced you just how versatile the weight bench really is? If so, we’ve rounded up some of the best weight benches that will really take your training and your home gym to the next level. You can’t go wrong with any of these 15 weight benches.
Rogue Monster Utility Bench
This basic flat bench is simple, but its extra-wide base sturdy steel build means it can handle just about any exercise you can perform on top of it. Heavy-duty rubber foot pads make the whole rig even more stable.
Weider XR 6.1 Multi-Position Weight Bench
This Weider XR 6.1 Multi-Position Weight Bench features multi-position adjustment so you can easily switch between flat, decline, and incline positions during your lifting session.
Steelbody Deluxe 6 Position Utility Weight Bench
$174.32 (30% off)
No frills here—the Steelbody bench is all about performance. Two-inch thick padding and heavy duty steel make this a sturdy support for the toughest workouts.
Bowflex 5.1S Stowable Bench
This sturdy Bowflex bench has six adjustable settings and a 600-lb. capacity. Its best feature, however, is its collapsible design, which reduces its in-room footprint by more than 50 percent when it’s stowed away.
Everyday Essentials Steel Frame Flat Weight Training Exercise Bench
This 40-inch flat bench is perfect for your small home gym or workout space with limited room. And even though it’s small, it can still withstand 600 pounds of weight.
Sporzon! Adjustable Olympic Workout Bench
This Olympic bench also comes with a squat rack that are both adjustable so you can customize your workout. It’s made of heavy duty steel, and can handle up to 800 pounds of weight. It also comes with a Preacher Curl pad and arm handle for isolated arm movements.
WF Athletic Supply Adjustable Weight Bench
This steel exercise bench includes padded leg rests for ab and dumbbell work. And the adjustable backrest can be shifted for flat, incline or decline positions and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds.
Power Systems Fitness Deck
This unconventional bench is great for cardio workouts (it can be used as an aerobic step), as well as for strength workouts. The surface is non-slip, textured rubber that can be adjusted from 8-14″, and can hold a maximum of 330 pounds.
FLYBIRD Weight Bench
$159.99 (33% off)
This is currently the #1 seller on Amazon for weight benches. With its sturdy steel frame, it has 7 back positions and 3 seat positions, with a maximum weight capacity of 620 pounds.
CAP Barbell Bench
This simple weight bench comes with 4 adjustable positions, and has dumbbell holders for easy access to your weights while lifting. It also has foam covered hand grips, and has a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds.
XMark Adjustable Dumbbell Weight Bench
This bench was designed with heavy lifters in mind, with a 1,500 pound weight capacity. It has 7 back positions and 3 seat positions,
with extra thick 3″ Duracraft vinyl padding for extra comfort.
Marcy Flat Utility Weight Bench
This flat bench is a great asset to your home gym—and super affordable. It has a 600 pound weight capacity and a heavy duty steel frame to really outstand any intense workout.
GYMENIST Adjustable Exercise Bench
This adjustable weight bench is perfect for easy travel or storage in your home. Plus, it requires absolutely no assembly. It can be adjusted to all positions from incline, flat, and decline, and the seat can be adjusted to 3 different positions.
Escape Fitness Multi Purpose Fitness Station Deck
$146.49 (27% off)
This weight bench is so much more than just a weight bench. You can use it as a stepping platform, plyometric box, for resistance tubes, and more. It can be adjusted into 16 configurations to adapt to any type of workout.
REP Fitness FB-3000 Flat Bench
The REP Fitness FB-3000 flat bench is forged from 11-gauge heavy duty steel and features our super-grippy high density foam pad for stable (and comfortable) weight lifting. The bench height is also set to International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) standards.
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