Review: There are three things I love about this Rugged Fitness flat bench. It is super easy to adjust, it has more support under the back and seat pad than other brands, and it holds up to 1500 lbs, making it an excellent choice for use with heavy free weights and one of the best weight benches for home use.
Holds up to 1500 lbs.
Wider steel beam under the pads – superior support.
Easy smooth gliding seat and back rest adjustment.
Must be assembled.
If you are looking for a HEAVY duty bench for home, this is the best workout bench for home gyms.
Review: Nautilus is a big name in gym equipment, and they’ve earned their stellar reputation. Nautilus is a major innovator, and they’ve created a unique 5 position bench I think you will love.
This bench adjusts to five different positions, allowing you to engage your core in various ways as you work out.
The shape and padding also feature an ergonomic design for maximum comfort. With a 250-pound user weight limit and a limit of up to 430 pounds for user plus load, it’s unlikely you’ll ever grow out of this bench.
Adjustable up to a 45-degree angle down to a negative 10 degrees.
Includes foot pads.
Easy to assemble and attractive appearance.
Max weight is too low for intermediate to heavy lifters.
Black feet pop off easily.
A good starter bench for beginners from a trusted name in fitness.
Body Champ Olympic Weight Bench with Preacher Curl
Review: This Bodycraft FID (flat incline decline) bench is a great choice for your garage gym because it is heavy duty and holds an impressive 1000 lbs, thanks to being constructed of two by three steel tubes.
Built to accommodate heavy weights and is ideal for free weights and dumbbells. It is also a good choice for a cage, provided there is enough room in and behind your cage to lay it in the flat position.
Heavy, heavy duty, stable and beastly bench.
2-inch dense foam pads.
Includes leg pads.
Super easy and secure ladder style catch, no messing around with pegs.
Assembly and tools required.
Solid enough to hold a truck, this weight bench will not disappoint and is one of the best workout benches for 2021.
Review: This bench adjusts to ten different positions – 6 back positions, and 4 seated positions. The leg piece is completely independent from the back piece, making it easy to set the bench into any configuration that you desire.
This model includes wheels, making it easy to move when it’s not in use. The feet are also lined with skid-proof protectors, so you won’t have to worry about damaging your gym floor.
440 lb weight capacity.
Ladder style adjustment.
Can be stored upright thanks to the ladder style adjustment locking it in place.
No foot lock for decline position – no real decline option either.
Front is not as stable as benches designed for higher weight.
Great option for beginners. It’s space saving and money saving, without getting a bench that feels cheap.
Review: Not only does this bench have an exceptional weight rating of 1,000 pounds and an impressive 11 incline settings, it also serves as a foundation for just about anything.
You can use it alone, with cages, or with racks.
If you don’t want to buy a bunch of separate equipment, the brand has created attachments, sold separately, that fit right onto this bench. You’ll be able to create a customized bench, and use it however you want to.
1000 pound weight capacity.
Virtually no gap between the set and back pad.
Lays flat as a true flat bench because the seat pad is a removable – very unique feature.
The seat is small and the bench is too high for some.
Truly innovative design set this weight bench apart from the rest.
How to Choose the Best Weight Bench for Your Home Gym
The best weight bench for your home or garage gym should be considered carefully because it is the centerpiece of your gym.
It is the first piece of equipment you purchase when you’re assembling your home or garage gym.
Invest in Your Weight Bench
If you want to save money building a home gym, I have to say it: The weight bench is not the place to cut corners and save a few bucks.
Your weight bench is the central foundation for any other workout equipment you purchase.
Power racks, cages, and stands all require a bench, and some workouts require the usage of a bench by itself.
It may seem like a bench is a simple thing to purchase. It doesn’t appear to be fancy and there’s no need for bells and whistles, so you may feel inclined to grab the cheapest bench available.
Don’t be cheap!
These benches can, and will, fall apart on you with use. Padding pops out, legs become wobbly, and parts will begin to rust. Pretty soon, you’ll have to buy a new one.
Rather than buying a cheap bench just to get you through, it’s better to think about how your investment will work in the long term.
A good bench is a one-time investment. A cheap one will have you buying another one quick.
If you use it properly and maintain it well, you’ll probably never have to purchase another one. It’s worth spending a little more now to avoid spending a lot later.
What Characteristics To Look For in Weight Benches – 4 Core Factors
If you’re trying to pick the great benches from the bad ones, it can be difficult to tell the difference.
There’s no shortage of overpriced garbage flooding the market, and you need to be able to distinguish that garbage from the benches that are really worth the money.
When investing in a weight bench, there are four core considerations you should be making:
Weight Bench Safety
Safety is the most important. This bench needs to be strong enough to accommodate your weight, plus the weight you’re lifting.
If you weigh 200 pounds, the bench needs to be able to accommodate double your weight, or more.
Always look at the weight capacity or max weight rating. A good weight bench should have at least 500 lbs to 1000 lb weight limit. The best weight benches have up to 1500 lbs.
You need your bench to be stable and secure to the ground. The material used to construct the frame should be rustproof and solid.
Over time, cheap metals will warp or bend, causing your bench to become uneven.
Rusted benches lose their integrity as the metal becomes brittle, and may even collapse.
Do you want your bench to collapse while you’re holding a 200-pound barbell above your chest?
A quality bench will be very heavy because of its solid metal construction. You want something that requires minimal assembly, having as many parts welded together as possible.
Every individual component you have to install yourself can create a weak point in the event that the bolts loosen.
Many weight benches have bolted components, and it’s important that you regularly check these components to be sure that they’re fastened tightly and that the bolts remain in good condition.
Weight Bench Comfort
If you have to lay on this bench an extended period of time performing a strenuous activity, you don’t want it to give you a backache.
Benches that have improper or insufficient padding can actually cause or worsen back injuries.
Look for thicker dense padding to save your arse and back from pain.
The weights you’re holding will cause you to sink further down into the bench, because you become heavier while you hold them.
A good bench should have enough padding to keep your body away from the backboard even when you’re holding a large amount of weight.
The Durability of the Weight Bench
Quality materials last a lot longer than cheap ones. This is the same across the board for all materials used to construct your weight bench.
Bad padding isn’t dense, too soft, and you’ll sink right into it.
You’ll be able to feel that flat piece of metal or plywood, or worse, particle board, right against your back if the padding is low quality. If the padding is covered by thin fabric and isn’t sewn very well, the cover will split and tear, revealing the foam beneath, which will promptly break down because it is exposed.
This can lead to your padding completely falling out and ruining your weight bench.
Make sure your bench is coated or powder coated so it won’t rust or corrode.
This is especially important if your home gym is in an area that gets hot, such as a garage.
Weight Bench Versatility
Flat benches are great for smaller racks and cages, but what if you want a full range of motion or more versatility?
Will you be able to use this bench to do a variety of complex exercises?
Consider getting an adjustable weight bench, one that adjusts to incline, flat and decline positions.
When you can set the incline on your own, you’ll be able to get a lot more out of your workout.
It depends on how you intend to use the bench, but you may find that it’s worth spending a few more dollars for an adjustable bench that will expand your options.
What features should I avoid in my search for the perfect weight bench?
There are two features you should avoid when you are choosing the best weight bench for your gym!
Peg or pin adjustments – peg or pin style adjustments on an FID or adjustable incline bench are, unfortunately, occasionally, a point of failure.
If you still need to pick up a rack and barbells, check out this gym essentials article to see some great recommendations.
Build your back using the weight bench
This routine is done with your FID or adjustable incline weight bench and a decent set of dumbbells. Vince is on point as he moves through 10 different workouts to get your back ripped.
Since the routine calls for dumbbells, it is totally scalable and good for beginners and advanced athletes, it just depends on how much you can lift. Beautiful.
Build your chest using the weight bench
This routine uses simple moves beginners can easily master. It calls for a flat bench, a barbell and dumbbells.
He also does a few bodyweight exercises that use the bench. The routine is cumulative and weights increase on each rep.
A routine using ONLY a bench and bodyweight
All you have is a weight bench? No problem, you can use it to work your entire body.
Build a routine by choosing any of these 57 exercises you can do with only a weight bench. No excuses!
Weight Bench FAQs, Tips and Basic Knowledge
How do You Clean Your Weight Bench?
The pad of the weight bench should simply be wiped down after every workout. If you are sharing equipment and want to get more thorough, you can lightly mist the surface of the pad with disinfectant spray and wipe it down with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
How Can I DIY a Weight Bench and Make a Weight Bench at Home?
I cannot, in good faith, recommend a homemade weight bench and equipment.
Michael is a fitness expert and professional home/garage gym builder. His tutorials, guides, and reviews are backed up by his own experience and will definitely help you achieve your goals. He also loves putting mayo AND ketchup on the pizza for some reason!