The key to assembling a great home gym is to invest in versatile equipment that can be used in a wide variety of workouts and that can adapt with you as your fitness improves and your workout needs change. One such invaluable piece of equipment is a workout bench.
The Unique Features of a Workout Bench
At Marcy, we offer a variety of workout benches. Depending on your fitness goals and what type of exercise programming you want to do at home, you may wish to consider a standalone weight bench, a weight bench set, or a utility bench. We’ll review the pros of those options later in this article.
No matter what Marcy workout bench you choose, you can be assured that you are investing in a high-quality piece of equipment that will stand up to even your toughest workout. Every one of our home workout benches is made with heavy duty steel tube framing with a powder coated finish. You’ll also enjoy the high density upholstery.
The majority of our weight benches can also be adjusted in a variety of ways to increase your comfort, allow you to engage in many different exercises, and help you isolate all your major muscle groups for a total body workout.
Benefits of a Workout Bench
Why should you consider a workout bench for your home gym? The answer is simple. Workout benches are an excellent tool for all your strength training needs. If you choose an adjustable workout bench set that includes a leg developer, arm curl pad, and bar catch, then you’ll practically have an entire luxury gym within your home.
Use your workout bench set to perform the following exercises:
Incline bench press
A simple workout bench can help you increase your muscle mass and definition for a look you love. Since muscle burns more calories than fat, increasing your muscle mass through strength training is a great way to fight the pudge and replace it with toned arms, legs, and chest.
Strength training is also an excellent way to maintain bone density and improve overall functionality. Even if you aren’t seeking washboard abs or bulging biceps, a few short strength training workouts a week will make it easier to lift heavy grocery bags or boxes at work.
Finally, though workout benches are often associated with strength training, they can also be used for bodyweight movements and even help you improve your cardio. For example, you can use a workout bench to perform incline pushups (to make them easier) or decline pushups (to make them more difficult). Step ups on the workout bench are also a great cardio exercise that improves mobility and balance.
What is the Best Workout Bench for Your home?
Once you’ve decided to add a workout bench to your home, it’s time to choose the right bench for your workout goals and budget.
Flat Workout Benches: One of our simplest and most cost-effective workout bench options is a flat bench, like the Marcy SB-315. This type of bench is ideal for standard bench pressing and can also be used for certain bodyweight movements. (Make your crunches much more difficult by performing them on the end of your weight bench!)
Utility Weight Benches: If you are looking just for a workout bench, without any additional components, (like a weight rack), consider our collection of utility benches. This category includes a wide range of different benches. One of our most popular options is the SB-350. Its adjustable back pad allows for incline, flat, and decline training, offering you a nearly limitless range of exercises and levels of difficult.
Standard and Olympic Weight Benches: Weight benches and weight racks go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you don’t currently own a weight rack and dream of hitting a set of bench presses in your home or garage, take a look at our weight benches that also include a weight rack. Some of our options, like the Marcy Olympic Weight Bench MD-857 are designed for Olympic sized bars and weights. Other benches, like the Marcy Standard Weight Bench MKB-4873 use standard barbells and weights.
Standard Weight Bench Sets: Are you looking for the ultimate weight lifting setup? If you want the bench, weight rack, and weights, then don’t buy everything piecemeal. Save time, money, and effort by investing in a full weight bench set. At Marcy, we offer a variety of complete standard weight bench sets. One of our favorites is the Marcy MD-2080. This standard-sized weight bench set comes with 80 pounds of weight to help you PR your bench press. The included leg developer allows you to sculpt your quads and hamstrings between weight sets.
Slant Boards: Another unique workout bench option is a slant board. These boards focus on supporting a comfortable flat or decline position, so you can rev up the challenge on a variety of exercises. In particular, a slant board can help you sculpt your abs and obliques. You’ll feel ever single crunch with the help of a slant board, especially our high-quality SB-4606 model. If you need to give your abs a little break, grab a pair of dumbbells and light up your pecs, shoulders, triceps, and biceps with a variety of curls, lifts, presses, and raises.
Roman Chairs: If you really want to give your abs a workout, then you also need to consider a Roman chair workout bench. This funny-looking bench is serious about sculpting your core, back muscles, and glutes. By dramatically increasing your range of motion, a Roman chair lets you perform challenging sit-ups to light your abs on fire. Turn around and adjust the bench, and you have the perfect partner to strengthen your lower back, glutes, and hamstrings. A Roman chair, like our Marcy JD-3.1 model, is a great option if you suffer from a weak back that may be causing lower back pain.
At Marcy, we offer the best workout benches for your home gym. Check out our competitively priced selection of different workout benches and then make an investment in your health and fitness!