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The Weight Benches We'd Actually Buy For Our At-Home Gym

Women's Health Logo By Lauren Del Turco of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 12: If you dabble in at-home workouts, you've probably already got some basic gear. (If not, start with these top-rated dumbbells and trainer-approved resistance bands.) But if you're getting serious about strength training, it's worth investing in a weight bench—and no, workout benches are not just for dudes who want to chest press a million pounds. Though your standard, flat weight bench does give you an easy platform on which to perform pushing exercises like dumbbell or barbell presses, it also provides the sturdy surface you need for bird-dog rows or dips, and so much more. And being able to do these types of moves on a stable, elevated surface, isn't just easier on your knees than the floor—a weight bench'll give you a chance to perform exercises with a greater range of motion. By doing so, you'll increase your mobility and have a chance to get even stronger by challenging your body in a different way. Plus, there's a bench out there designed for every space and every muscle you want to work. Need support for shoulder presses? An adjustable incline bench has (literally!) got your back. Want to really fire up your core? A decline abs bench keeps your lower body locked and loaded so you can sculpt your abs with your most efficient sit-ups ever.When in doubt, a flat bench is a simple, budget-friendly way to spice up your home workout game, but if you're willing to get ~fancy~, the opportunities are practically endless. Here are the best weight benches out there, according to home workout warriors just like you and Women's Health editors.

If you dabble in at-home workouts, you've probably already got some basic gear. (If not, start with these top-rated dumbbells and trainer-approved resistance bands.) But if you're getting serious about strength training, it's worth investing in a weight bench—and no, workout benches are not just for dudes who want to chest press a million pounds.

Though your standard, flat weight bench does give you an easy platform on which to perform pushing exercises like dumbbell or barbell presses, it also provides the sturdy surface you need for bird-dog rows or dips, and so much more. And being able to do these types of moves on a stable, elevated surface, isn't just easier on your knees than the floor—a weight bench'll give you a chance to perform exercises with a greater range of motion. By doing so, you'll increase your mobility and have a chance to get even stronger by challenging your body in a different way.

Plus, there's a bench out there designed for every space and every muscle you want to work. Need support for shoulder presses? An adjustable incline bench has (literally!) got your back. Want to really fire up your core? A decline abs bench keeps your lower body locked and loaded so you can sculpt your abs with your most efficient sit-ups ever.

When in doubt, a flat bench is a simple, budget-friendly way to spice up your home workout game, but if you're willing to get ~fancy~, the opportunities are practically endless. Here are the best weight benches out there, according to home workout warriors just like you and Women's Health editors.

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