A fold up weight bench is a great solution for anyone who enjoys weight training from home but lacks available space. Most people would have the available workout space for a weight bench but if the bench was permanently in that spot it probably wouldn’t be ideal as it’ll block walkways or look tacky, therefore the ease of being able to fold away the weight bench after will solve that problem.
The two main fold up weight benches are the Powerline PFID125X and Body Solid GFID225. Both of these can fold flat to be conveniently stored under the bed, against the wall, in the garage or in the shed.
There’s also an Olympic folding bench which is the Best Fitness BFOB10, so if you prefer to train using an Olympic bar as opposed to dumbbells and you also lack space then this could be your solution. Unfortunately this bench can’t be stored under the bed, it can only fold upright but can still be put aside so it’s not in the way.
Not Only Used When You Have Limited Space
Some people may think a fold up weight bench might not be as strong and sturdy as a good rated adjustable weight bench. Just because the legs fold up so the bench can be stored away that doesn’t make the structure weaker, in fact the two adjustable folding weight benches are actually two of the highly rated weight benches.
Even if you had the available space the portable weight benches should be highly considered, as the main purpose of the design was to be strong and sturdy, the folding design just happened to give it a unique edge. In fact, a folding workout bench is one of the best equipment to have for your home gym.
Comparing The Best Fold Up Weight Benches
Unlike with other weight benches, you’re more limited when trying to find a good compact folding weight bench. Fortunately we’ve compiled together a comparison table showing the top 3 foldable weight benches.
The Powerline PFID125X is still strong and sturdy and can handle a maximum weight capacity of 500 pounds with your body weight included and combine this with the very competitive price makes this our best folding weight bench.
The lightweight of both this and the GFID225 makes transporting it to different areas within your home hassle free.
If you want a commercial rated weight bench then the Body Solid GFID225 is very heavy duty which supports around 1000 pounds including your own weight. You’ll also benefit with the lifetime warranty offered only if you’ll be using it at home. Although this is a bit more expensive than a lot of our other weight benches, it’s actually quite unique in the sense that it’s commercial rated but can also fold away conveniently.
Unfortunately the Best Fitness BFOB10 folding Olympic bench can’t compete with the top rated Olympic benches, as it’s not as well built and sturdy enough, it’s also a bit overpriced for what it is. The only edge it does have over its competitors is that it can conveniently fold up and be stored away. The design could also be more versatile by being able to adjust the seat to an upright angle to train your shoulders.
If you are restricted on space then a fold up weight bench should be highly considered, this is especially ideal if you live in an apartment. This will enable you to even workout in your bedroom and when you’re done, you can fold up the bench flat and put it to one side pretty much anywhere in the room.
The folding Olympic bench doesn’t completely eliminate the lack of space issue as when it folds up it still takes up a bit of room. It’s more of a preference if you prefer working out using an Olympic bar. However, a good substitute for this would be to use a squat rack with the folding workout bench, this will enable you to workout with an Olympic bar.