Thinking about making a home gym? If so, there are a few things that you will need. The biggest thing is a weight bench. Your whole gym will revolve around it.
You will need a good weight bench if you want to enjoy your home gym.. You have two basic choices here. You can go with a basic bench or a cage system. In my opinion, there is nothing better than a good cage system. It allows you to work out alone safely and go for max lifts without the possibility of hurting yourself. Well, from hurting yourself with falling weights at least.
You might be seeing dollar signs swirling around your head now that I mentioned cage systems but this does not have to be the case. Sure there are systems that cost thousands of dollars on the market but you can actually get a cage shipped to your door for around $300 or less. This is where you say thanks to Amazon for driving down the price of these systems. Years ago, if you had to go to the sporting goods store, you would have paid a fortune for a cage. Not anymore.
Here is an example of one from Amazon. You can get it for just over $300 shipped and probably tax free depending on where you live. It will allow you to safely do bench press, incline press, decline press, squats and more without worrying about dropping a heavy weight on the floor or worse yet, your chest.
I am of the opinion that if you want to lift heavy, you need to lift heavy weights. You can not do that safely without a cage system. Even a spotter can let you down but a properly constructed cage, never will.
An alternative to this is to check craigslist for a used system but this has a drawback. The ones I have checked out are almost always a bit rusty and you must transport it. This means having a vehicle big enough to move it or it involves disassembly. Disassembly can be difficult and you risk losing bolts or just plain getting lost. For the hundred bucks you would save, not worth it.