Not my first option. I've been working primarily with dumbbell presses, but without a spotter, I can't really work with the higher weights. I really want to start moving up to higher weights, so I'm looking at this option. My first option would be a squat rack, move a flat bench in, and have those side bars locked in so if I fail, it doesn't come crashing on me. But, sans that, it looks like my best option to do barbell bench presses is the smith.
Any tips or advice on how to actually make this thing a functional?