How To Amp Up Your Home Workouts; The 5 Best Home Workout Benches
There are plenty of reasons to choose a home workout over going to the gym. It’s more convenient, you’re more comfortable at home, and it’s cheaper. The problem is:
It’s tough to get the same intensity from your workout without the right equipment.
Plenty of bodyweight exercises will have you feeling the burn. But when it comes to strength and muscle development, nothing beats resistance training. This is where a home workout bench can be your saving grace.
I’m a big fan of home workouts as a supplement to my regular gym sessions. I know the trials of trying to get a good pump at home. This article will take you through what I’ve found about the best workout benches, and how they can improve your home exercise routine.
I’ll also give you some tips for how to choose the best home workout bench for your needs. In my Buyer’s Guide, we’ll talk about weight capacity and some other key features. So keep an eye out for those factors in my Top 5 home workout bench reviews, too.
|Fitness Reality 1000 Super Max Weight Bench||Negative 20 - Positive 80 degrees||800 pounds||/5||Check Price|
|Marcy Flat Utility Weight Bench||Only flat||300 pounds||/5||Check Price|
|Marcy Multi-Purpose Adjustable Bench||4 angles; flat, incline, decline and upright.||300 pounds||/5||Check Price|
|Escape Fitness Deck||2 Bench angles||242 pounds||/5||Check Price|
|GYMENIST Adjustable Workout Bench Review||Decline - Straight w/ 5 angles||550 pounds||/5||Check Price|
Choose Your Budget:
- Best Overall
- Best Budget
- Best Multi Purpose
- Best Fitness Deck
- Best Adjustable Bench
- Best Full Body
- Home Workout Bench Buyer’s Guide
My best overall choice includes plenty of variety and stability. Without any fancy extras, the team at Fitness Reality have focused on functionality. At a reasonable price. This is hands down my favorite home workout bench on the list.
My budget choice goes to a simple flat bench from Marcy. If you’re just looking for basic help with your exercise routine, this is the best home workout bench for the money.
Best Multi Purpose
Multi-purpose workout benches typically focus less on capacity and more on opening up workout possibilities. My choice goes to Marcy’s Adjustable Bench. For its added stability pole which adds some diversity to the workout, and it’s adjustable angles.
Best Fitness Deck
Adjustable fitness decks are a great idea. They aim to provide a full body workout, with the focus on stability first. My best fitness deck choice is the Escape, for its easy adjustability and stylish design.
Best Adjustable Bench
Adjustable benches are ideal for variety workouts. You really want a bench that gives you the full range, from decline to military positions, and this adjustable bench from GYMENIST is precisely that. It also has a top-notch weight capacity, which is enough to win my Best Adjustable Bench choice.
Best Full Body
My best full body choice goes to Marcy’s Olympic Weight Bench. It comes with a removable squat rack, which gives you the freedom to lift real weight and put it back down safely. It also has great add-ons like a preacher curl attachment and leg extension mechanism.
How to choose a home workout bench
The Definitive Buyer’s Guide
How To Choose A Home Workout Bench
The best home workout bench will be the one you want to workout on! Something that gets you motivated just thinking about it. Comfortable, versatile and stable; so you can just focus on your workout and nothing else.
There are a few points you’ll want to consider:
1) What are your home workout goals?
2) What does your workout space look like? And
3) How much variety are you looking for?
Angles: Why Do They Matter?
The variety question can be answered by angles. When it comes to home workout benches, I personally enjoy the freedom to change things up. Especially since I like to keep the weight light at home, having a workout bench with some different angles is really important.
For working your upper chest and shoulders, you’ll want a bench that goes up to a 45 degree incline. The same goes for some of the best dumbbell back workouts. Reverse flys and Y-T-I back series are perfect when you can rest your weight on an incline bench for support.
When you have a bench that you can incline fully, or even just 45 degrees, your options go up tenfold. Angles matter because they decide which muscles are working against gravity. A bench that can go up to 90 degrees (straight up) also has the advantage of adding many shoulder and arm workouts. You want to be able to keep a straight back for many exercises, and when you stand this can be a pain. It can even cause unwanted abdominal pain or strain. 90 degree benches are a great support if you plan on including any movements like shoulder press, bicep variations and overhead tricep extensions.
A rarer find is a bench with a solid decline angle. This opens up some nice chest exercises–to hit those lower pectorals for a rounded chest. A decline bench will also allow you to add in some weighted sit-ups and other handy core exercises against gravity.
This is the next big one. It relates to the ‘What are your home workout goals’ question. Are you using the home workout as your main workout? Or is it just a supplement to a full gym or other regular exercise (like running or playing sport)?
Whatever the case, it could affect what you are looking for in a workout bench. If you’re trying to build muscle and strength at home, then you’ll need some weight to go with the bench. Resistance training has been shown to be the outright winner for developing muscle tone and building strength. Bodyweight exercises can be strenuous in their own right (just try doing 10 pull-ups and tell me how it feels). But training your body to resist a force like a dumbbell or barbell is where the real muscle magic happens.
For barbell lifts, you’ll need an additional support frame to go with your home workout bench. If you do plan on taking this route, say for doing your bench press at home, you’ll need a sturdy bench. Home workout benches vary significantly on how much weight they can handle: anything from 250 to 800 pounds.
Remember, the weight capacity listed includes your body plus any additional weights. So if you weigh 150 pounds, and you’d like to eventually set-up for a 150 bench press at home: you’ll need a 300 pound weight capacity on your home workout bench. Minimum.
I personally prefer to stay light and stick with the dumbbells. But again, if you’re lifting two 40 pound dumbbells, that’s already an extra 80 pounds for your bench to handle. If you weigh under 200 pounds, you can certainly get away with a 300 pound capacity for most shoulder and upper chest dumbbell exercises. But for anything heavier, you might want to take a close look at this factor.
This goes for angles as well as sizing. It’s unusual to have an incline bench that doesn’t adjust down to lie flat. So most home workout benches with an incline or 90 degree setting are automatically adjustable.
On the other hand, some manufacturers also offer an adjustable seat. This lets you raise or lower the seat section to make your workout more customized. To be honest, this feature isn’t so important. It’s nice to have for some exercises, but you can certainly do without it.
Barbell Or Dumbbell Workouts
I touched on this briefly in the weight capacity section, but you’ll want to think about your workout type. If you plan on using barbells for your workouts, you will also benefit from a support frame. Marcy’s Olympic Weight Bench includes this, but most other models do not. You’ll need to buy it separately.
Another option is to consider is an EZ-bar for arms and upper body workouts. While you can use a dumbbell for most EZ bar exercises, some people prefer the single bar feeling. For example, I like to do my pullovers on a workout bench, using an EZ bar instead of one heavy dumbbell.
How To Make A Workout Bench At Home?
Making a workout bench at home will probably set you back more than buying one. To make it comfortable, safe and worthwhile, you’ll end up spending more on the materials than buying a decent flat workout bench.
That being said, building your own weight rack might be a good investment. That way you can hold your weight for bench press and squatting. Just be sure you know what you’re doing, or find a person who does to do it for you. The last thing you want is 200 pounds crashing down on your chest or head!
How To Do Chest Workout At Home Without Bench?
There are plenty of ways to do home chest workouts without a bench. For a detailed explanation of this, check out my post here.
However, even with a great bodyweight home workout, you’ll still get more versatility with a workout bench.
What Is A Solid Workout Bench For Home Gym?
A solid workout bench for home use will be anything that carries 300 pounds safely. Some of the best benches, like my best overall choice, can hold up to 800 pounds for serious lifting at home.
What To Use As A Workout Bench At Home?
If you don’t have a manufactured home workout bench, I would exercise with caution. I know that when I was a fitness-crazy teenager, I would do split lunges and plyometrics off the family coffee table, but I wouldn’t recommend this! To be honest, if you are doing any weighted work (even dumbbell bench press) the most stable thing you’ll find is the ground. For an elevated exercise, you might try a couch or sturdy chair, but exercise with caution. Your best bet is to invest in a home workout bench if you plan on doing regular home workouts without hurting yourself.
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