If you have a reliable weight lifting bench and a set of adjustable dumbbells at home then you have the core of a solid workout system which can give you a very effective workout without having to pay a visit to your local fitness club. Just think of it; no more waiting for equipment, no more monthly dues and the ability to work out whenever you want.
There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to picking out a solid weight lifting bench, unfortunately most of the benches you see are not well made or well designed. Of course, you probably won't find this out until after about a month or so of use. Instead of reviewing a large selection of weight lifting benches, I've decided to list only a few good ones. This way you won't be forced to read through subpar equipment just to get to the good stuff.
Choosing a Weight Lifting Bench for You
Everyone is different and has different needs they want from a workout bench. You need to sit down and figure these out before going out and making that purchase, because odds are you won't be able to find that perfect bench. If you have to make sacrifices, it will be good to know what qualities are most important.
• How much weight will it hold? Remember that the hold weight goes down for positions other than flat.
• Versatility and adjustability. Will it go from flat to incline to decline? Do you need it to?
• What are your fitness goals? Muscles? Self-confidence? Whatever the reason you need to keep in mind when shopping for weight lifting benches that there are two basic types; those for heavy lifting with barbells and those made for use with dumbbells (which is what this article is about).
• Do you have the space for it? Even if it folds up, you're still going to need an open area where you don't have to constantly move the bench around.
• Does the weight bench have attachments that you can buy (chin up bar, dip bar handles, etc.)?
• Other considerations include simplicity, comfort, stability and price.
Quality Benches for Weight Training At Home
Valor Athletics Flat Bench Pro
A good flat bench is often overlooked in workouts in favor of those with more features, but it still should not be underestimated as far as use goes. Perform everything from bench presses to seated dumbbell curls on a solid 2 x 4 inch 11 gauge steel frame without worrying about breaking any moving parts. The high-density, dual-layer pad comes in at 44 x 10 x 3 inches and is quite comfortable. A solid buy at around $200.
Ironmaster Super Bench
Rated up to 1,000 lbs of heavy duty use with the ability to choose several angles make this weight bench a real find. Several attachments are also available allowing the user to eventually choose from a huge variety of exercises. The seat is more comfortable than most and the bench comes pre-assembled (a real time saver). Weight lifting benches like this one are hard to beat due to its solid construction and entry price of only around $300.
Flat/Incline/Decline Bench #GFID71 from Body Solid
The appeal of this piece is definitely the very solid and stable 2 x 3 inch steel frame that supports up to 1,000 lbs. This is as close to commercial quality as you are going to get without actually getting a commercial quality bench. The T-Bar Leg Hold has extra cushioning on it which is always nice for those who use it often (although I don't). Moving this bench is not as hard as you think thanks to their being wheels on the bottom, so trying to find the perfect place to put it isn't so terrible. Although it lists for around $450, you should be able to find it for a cheaper price.