Top 5 Best Bench and Weights Packages to Buy (UK)

This guide will help you quickly find the best bench and weights package to buy in the UK. A corner stone of any home gym is often a decent weights bench and weights set. Free weights and a simple bench is a tried and tested method to build superb upper body strength and it’s one of the best purchases I made for my own home gym. Here’s our current list of the better bench and weights packages we’ve found online.

Mirafit M1 Weight Lifting Starter Kit

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Mirafit M1 Weight Lifting Starter Kit

This starter weights bench kit from Mirafit is a fantastic starter set that has plenty going for it. It’s from a well-known brand, has proper cast iron plates (no plastic coating here) and comes with a barbell, curl bar and two dumbbells.

Includes a good selection of quality plates

You’re getting a respectable 100kg total weights with this bench and weights package but you can expand that with the same weights later if you need to. And the weights look and feel incredible. They’ve a modern cut-away design that makes them easy to handle too.

What’s even better is that you get the bar rack so that you can put some serious weight on your barbell and really get into bench press. It’s fully adjustable and because it’s built into the bench, it’s extremely sturdy.

The bench can be inclined and and even declined for some ab work. There’s even ankle straps to help with sit-ups.

Sturdy dip station

There’s another really good innovation with this bench; it includes a rock solid dip station at the rear of the bench. And the final thing we love about this set is that it’s actually a folding bench. Flip the backrest up and you get all that space back.

Verdict: Mirafit’s starter kit is by far the best kit on the market. You might think all this is going to cost a fortune, but you’ll normally pick this package up for under £400. A great, high-quality bench ‘n’ weights package here.

  • Reputable brand name
  • Great quality weights
  • Selection of bars
  • Built in barbell rack
  • Incline and decline
  • Nifty folding design
  • Spin-lock nuts take time to change

#2 – Gorilla Sports Universal Workstation (Amazon)

It’s well worth looking at this workout station if you’re looking to buy a new bench set. The second product from Gorilla in our top 5, this is a multi-purpose bench and weights set combo which comes with a hefty 100kg of weights to train with and offers very good value for money.

What makes this one of the best bench and weights packages is the number of different exercises it combines in one piece of equipment. Bicep curls (with included curl bar), leg extensions and curls, flat bench press, inclined presses, dips, and much more. We can’t think of much you can’t do on this machine!

One possible downside is that this multipurpose bench is not portable or fold-away. The up-side being that this has a solid construction. Surprising considering the price point. It’s a great centre for any home gym. Assembled it’s 180 cm, 106 cm, 90 – 110 cm. You’ll also want to leave plenty of room around the front and rear to allow for curls.

You can also read our review of the Gorilla Sports weights bench here.

  • Top notch construction in both the frame and plates
  • Huge range of exercises without too much adjusting
  • Includes curl bar
  • Suitable for very heavy users
  • Pretty good 12 page training guide
  • Rest for the EZ bar is too narrow
  • Needs your own tools
  • Requires a good amount of space

#2 Physionics Weight Bench Training Set (Amazon)

Physionics’ weight bench is another sturdy product that offers good value for money. You’re getting a solid fold-away bench that can be adjusted between flat or for incline / decline exercises.  Takes up a very small foot print when folded away – a plus if you’re looking to save space.

This is also one of the easiest benches to put together so you can get stuck in without hours of assembly. Phew.

A nifty addition to this folding bench is the dip station to the rear. If you’ve not experienced the ‘joys’ of lifting your own body weight on a dip station, it’s one of the best things you can do for your body. I’ve got a dip station in my home gym and it’s something I couldn’t live without. So it’s really cool to see it on this set.

You get a fair number of plates to torture yourself with here. There’s 28 in all, so you can swap around and get the perfect weight for your level.

Apart from the solid frame, another really welcome addition here is the curl bar which has a lot of uses. Triceps and biceps can get a serious workout here and protect your wrists. There’s also 2 dumbbells and the barbell for chest and shoulders.

  • Excellent value for money at under £100
  • Easy to put together
  • Sturdy and built to last
  • Good quality dumbbells and barbells
  • Pictures in instructions are too small
  • Seat could use more padding

#3 Gorilla Sports Bench and Weight Package (Amazon)

This is a superb adjustable full weights bench set from Gorilla which saves money by combining a bench and weight set.  Bought separately, this bench and barbell set would set you back around £40 more. It includes 100kg of weights to get you into the shape you want to be. You get 2x15kg, 2x10kg, 2x5kg, 4×2.5kg and 4×1.25kg.

As with most of the home gym sets we’re reviewing here, this one uses vinyl weights. But it’s worth mentioning that the days when they used to be bulky useless things are long gone. These are filled with concrete and you’d be forgiven for thinking they were iron. We’re surprised how good these look and feel. Excellent quality.

One of the things we really like about this exercise bench is that you can fold flat when you’re not using it. This can save space or leave room for other exercises. This is surprising as the construction is perfectly adequate for anyone getting into lifting weights at home. A good, solid, chunky steel frame.

Another welcome addition is the curl bar, something you don’t always get with a workout bench, and something that’s actually very useful. Although not shown, Gorilla’s all-in-one workout bench also includes the parts to do your dips with. Very much appreciated.

  • Really robust frame despite being a folding weights bench
  • High quality weights look and feel very good
  • Includes excellent curl bar
  • Weights are all good size, no useless small ones
  • No tools included for construction
  • Bench feels quite low to the ground

#4 V-fit STB09-2 Folding Weight Bench (Amazon)

Most of the weights benches we’re featuring here use vinyl weights filled with concrete. This bench from V-Fit has a really nice 50kg set of cast iron plates that make it worth looking at if you’re in the market for a home gym bench set.

It’s a nice looking bench that can be easily adjusted into 3 different incline positions. This lets you vary the angle you can do your chest press on. You get two dumbbell bars and a longer one for shoulder and chest presses. There’s quick release clips that let you add and remove plates without any fuss. Check out some of the weights on amazon for more info.

Exercises you can do with this bench include:

  • Bench press (and inclined variations)
  • Leg extensions
  • Leg curls (lying face down)
  • Bicep curls
  • Pec dec
  • Free weights exercises

This is a good starter set which you can add to as you need to with more plates when you need to. They’re not expensive and it’s the kind of thing that will last a life time.

This is a great weights bench set for losing weight and getting an all-over body workout. It offers plenty of weight for newer users, with more experienced gym users able to add to the kit as they need to with extra cast iron weights.

  • Includes cast iron weights
  • Folds away neatly
  • Can take up to 200kg user weight
  • Solid weight lifting bars
  • Frame not as solid feeling as others in this range

#5 TNP Accessories Adjustable Folding Weight Bench (Amazon)

bench and weights packageAt the budget end of the weights training benches is a really solid entry from TNP. There’s none of those weak, flimsy frames you’d expect for a sub £100 bit of kit. Instead you get a robust frame and a thick, gym type, adjustable bench. It’s a strong bench and can take user weight of over 20 stones.

Another pleasant surprise is that the weights and bars have a high quality look and feel to them.

It comes with plenty of weights, with a 60kg beastly bar and a 30kg dumbbell set. I’m currently working with a 30kg set, after 20 plus years training and it’s probably the last set I’ll get. Very heavy!

One thing that might appeal if you’re strapped for space is that this is a fold up workout bench that flips neatly up out of the way when you’re not using it. Or you can leave it out if you’ve got your own space at home.

This cheap folding weights bench offers a great build and good value for money. Its ideal for anyone starting out, but has plenty of weight for more experienced people too.

  • Excellent value for money at under £100
  • Easy to put together
  • Sturdy and built to last
  • Good quality dumbbells and barbells
  • Pictures in instructions are too small
  • Seat could use more padding

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