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6 Types of Gym Benches: Which is Right for You?

As we said, there are different types of gym benches. And the goal of this post is to arm you with knowledge so you can make the right choice when it comes to high-quality and long-lasting gym equipment. Explore a variety of benches and find the perfect one for you.

types of gym benches

What exactly is a gym bench?

Gym benches provide support to heavy lifters and help you get an improved strength-training workout, plus they target a muscle group while using them. Learn about the different types of gym benches with their pros and cons.

The main types of gym benches

Adjustable bench

commercial adjustable bench
Adjustable bench

These benches are perfect for everyone. You can set it to the precise degree you want, it works as a flat, incline, and decline bench which allows you to target different muscles.

Pros and cons of adjustable benches


  • A good choice for a home gym.
  • No lower back pain.


  • High-priced.

Visit our gym benches section.

Flat bench

flat gym bench
Flat weight bench

“A must-have for any gym or home gym” that’s how we describe a flat bench.

Flat benches are the most common type of gym bench. It is used to train the upper body such as the chest, triceps, and biceps. At the same time, it will never be boring while training on a flat bench because you can use dumbells, bars, resistance bands, and kettlebells.

Pros and cons of flat benches


  • Easy to move around.
  • Economical.


  • Limited types of exercises can be done on this bench.

Foldable bench

foldable gym bench
Foldable gym bench

A folding bench is a perfect choice if you want to train weight and you don’t have a lot of space at home.

You can keep it flat or inclined for your workout and many of them can get flat enough to slide under your bed. Shop the perfect folding machine here.

Pros and cons of foldable benches


  • Suitable for beginners.
  • Affordable.


  • It comes with limitations (it can hold limited weights).

Olympic bench

olympic bench
Type of the gym bench: Olympic bench

This type of gym bench is the most you tend to see in gyms. It’s heavier and larger than other benches, and it can hold the maximum weights.

Here is the good news for weightlifters, you can do your serious powerlifting on an Olympic bench because it’s designed to handle the highest stress.

Pros and cons of Olympic benches


  • Good for advanced exercises such as squats, bench presses…
  • High-quality product (take a look at our benches section to buy the perfect one)


  • Not suitable for the home.
  • Expensive (but we as Sam Sports have the best deals).

Abdominal bench

abdominal gym bench
Abdominal gym bench

Do you want the sexiest abs and obliques? Then train them on the abdominal bench!

To build your core strength and train your abs in a variety of ways, you can adjust them to decline or incline.

Yes! Of course we sell them, click here!

Pros and cons of abdominal benches


  • Includes foot rollers to lock your feet to maintain stability.


  • Don’t work with other muscles group.

Preacher curl bench

preacher curl bench
Preacher curl bench

This bench helps your upper arms rest on a slanted surface that goes away from you. And this type of gym bench hit a variety of arm muscles such as biceps brachii and wrist flexors.

Pros and cons of preacher curl benches


  • Easy for beginners.
  • Require less core strength.

Cons: More likely to cause injuries when not performed appropriately

Those different types of gym benches are the most used and must-have in the gym. They come in different sizes and shapes to make you feel comfortable and productive all your day and let you finish your full workout easily.

Don’t hesitate to visit our benches section to buy the best bench machines with big deals posted on our website. 

Start benching!

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