Choosing a Workout Bench

If you are setting up a home gym, one of the first things people tend to think about is buying a workout bench. You don’t need a bench, but it’s a piece of equipment that is really nice to have access to, and can make some exercises easier to accomplish.

There are many options, so it can be really overwhelming. You know that I am all about making working out work for you, so I’m going to make this really easy. I only have two recommendations to consider.

First, I highly recommend that you choose a workout bench that has wheels. If you’ve watched my videos, you probably have a good idea of what my workout space looks like. It’s a wonderful space with a lot of room, purpose built for working out. But I am still always moving my bench.

I actually have two benches, and they are both on wheels. This means that they are really easy to move so I can utilize the space really effectively and efficiently. It’s really easy to move either of my benches because they do have wheels, and a handle that is easy to grip.

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My home benches

So that’s my deal breaker. If your bench does not have wheels, I wouldn’t even think about it. I would just move on to find a comparable model that does have wheels.

Second, and this one is more of an ‘optional’ choice; find a bench that is adjustable. It’s not mandatory but it’s a really nice feature if you can find one within your budget. Some benches can be adjusted so you can use them in an upright position, or a flat position. Some of them will even go into a decline position. Again, an adjustable bench is great for giving you some variety in your workout, but it’s not mandatory.

What is mandatory? Yep, you guessed it – wheels!

Some of you are going to want to know the specifics. So again, not mandatory, but if you’re curious about my two benches, here are the details:

The fitness catalogs I shop from do have benches but they tend to be expensive. If you are looking for a great deal and amazing service, I recommend American Home Fitness. Tell them Uplyft Fitness sent you. No promises, but sometimes this can give you a little extra discount.

Both of my benches are from American Home Fitness, they are both made by Inspire, the Inspire SCS Bench, and the Inspire SLB2. The Inspire SLB2 folds up really flat so you can hide it in a closet or under your bed. But why would you want to do that? Well, to be honest, my SLB2 does get thrown in “hunting closet” when we have parties in the basement.

Many of my clients have the Power Block bench and have been happy with it. It’s pricing is right around $200, making it is less expensive than the Inspire benches.

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Power Block Bench

And if you want to see the video version of this post, you can find it here:

If I’ve left out a bench you love, let me know by commenting below!

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