I'm not a fan of the free weights area at the gym. It's bad for my self-esteem because I will subconsciously compare myself to the other users. For some reason, this doesn't apply with the resistance machines so I tend to use those. However. I do need to make some gains on my upper body and this means working out more frequently than I can fit gym sessions. I have a home bench and 6ft bar with a number of 5 and 10kg plates. My max so far is 55kg, which is quite pathetic but I've been getting held back by weakness in the surrounding muscles - since I started hitting my triceps more at the gym, I've been better. I am having to watch for strain in my lower bicep when lowering the bar however, but have some support sleeves now to mitigate this. My next issue, I suspect, is that I don't have a spotter at home to help me lift the bar from the retort (or place it back). My bench retort is quite narrow (about shoulder width apart) so I have to lie further down the bench and lift slightly further up my body to get the bar in the air, otherwise the lower "safety" catchers rub against my arms when doing the reps. This puts a bit more stress on the arms but I figure up to a certain point I can build those muscles to adjust. Question is, where is that point? Do any of you bench at home without a spotter and, if so, what do you press max? I'm hoping I can at least get to 70kg if not a bit higher (more than 90kg and I won't have spare plates for dumbbells anyway!) I figure I might be better swapping my current bench: http://amzn.eu/dku7aAy For a wider one like this: http://amzn.eu/6h8rXSi With my grip width, I'd then be able to lift from the retort closer to my actual rep lift position.