If you have ever stepped foot into a commercial gym, you have probably seen at least 10 different types of benches. All of them have their purpose, but you can’t fit all of them into your home gym. For that reason, we will discuss some different types of weightlifting benches, so you can decide what’s best for you.
This one is essential. Opting for a workout bench that lets you change the backrest incline gives you so many possibilities. Ideally, you want to choose a bench that allows you to go decline, but also to change the seat angle, which will make it even more comfortable to use. The best of all is that an incline bench doesn't take up much more space than a regular hench that doesn't let you change positions. That makes incline benches a great space-saving investment.
Plain flat bench is inexpensive, doesn't take up space, and is a staple of any gym workout. It is simple and self-explanatory, but extremely effective. And, you can combine it with other pieces of equipment, such as your squat/power rack, to target even more muscle groups.
Just make sure to get a stable one, as you don’t want to flip over while holding a pair of heavy dumbbells. Usually, the wider the legs are, the more stable the bench is, so keep that in mind when browsing.
Olympic bench lets you perform the favourite exercise - barbell bench press, a staple of the chest and upper body training. Without this bench, it would be almost impossible to perform the exercise.
However, if you don’t have room for an Olympic bench, you can do the bench press in your power rack. Just push your flat bench in it, and place the pins in the correct position. Doing the bench press inside a power rack is much safer too, as you won’t need a spotter.
Situps bench and Roman chair
Situps bench allows you to overload your abs like no other piece of equipment, stimulating growth. Roman chair, on the other hand, is designed to train your lower back muscles, one of the most neglected muscle groups that often ends up injured. Both of these benches allow you to easily add weight by holding it across your chest, making the workout more effective.
Those four types of benches are our recommendations. But if you only have to choose one, our pick would be an incline bench. That piece of equipment is so versatile, and it will offer more possibilities than any other, without taking up space.
As for the brands Strengthmax, Pro Series and Body Solid make great weight benches, and you will not go wrong by choosing any of those three. All of them are highly durable, stable, built to last but also very comfortable with good cushioning.
And please don’t just decide by looking at the cheapest products. You don’t buy a gym bench every day; getting a better quality one will make much more sense. After all, you are supposed to exercise on it for years to come.