I've been using a cheap set of cement weights to do benches and curls. This has been working well in concert with trips to the gym every few days to do other exercises. I've maxed out the barbell for benching — the barbell is just about full with 10 of the heaviest (10lb) weights on it. So it is time for an upgrade. In addition to needing larger weights, I'm considering getting a new bench, as the one I've got is more than a little sketchy.
Prices for a decent weight set with bench seem close enough to prices for an entry-level Bowflex that I'm considering the latter. Getting a power cage —enabling me to do squats safely— would up the price to that of a mid-range Bowflex systems. What are the pros and cons of these different styles of equipment? I don't really feel like I need to be able to do a full range of exercises, since I do end up going to the gym a couple times a week on average.