Weight Training Benches - How To Choose The
Right Weight Bench For Your Home Gym
Resistance training is the best way to lose fat, burn calories
and build muscles. Weight training benches are essential in
resistance training because these pieces of gym equipment provide
for excellent platforms on which to perform the exercises.
So, when looking to complete a simple home gym, we recommend
considering this gym equipment for purchase.
Simply put, a weight training
bench provides for sufficient support during many
types of weightlifting exercises. Said support comes in the
form of maintaining proper form, providing for a sturdy base and
securing comfort for the back. These objectives are achieved
through a strong, stable and sturdy base coupled with a padded
surface, many models of which will also come with brackets for the
barbell and dumbbells.
Take note that weight training benches are different from weight
machines. Basically, the weight bench involves free weights
while the weight machines have simple machines (pulley, lever,
wheel and incline) to provide for the resistance. Of course,
both provide for similar benefits in weight training.
Types of Benches
For the beginner exerciser, it may seem like if you have seen a
weight training bench, then you have seen them all. There are
many different types of weight benches in the market today, which
are sold in equally many brands and models. Just to
differentiate these weight benches, thus, making your choice easier
to do, here are the types:
* The flat bench is the most
common type. You will be able to perform any number of
exercises on it like flys, bench presses and lying rows as well as
exercises that require sitting down like dumbbell curls.
* The hyperextension bench
provides sufficient abdominal support coupled with padded braces
for the knees and ankles. You will then be able to perform
various exercises for the glutes, hamstrings and lower backs.
* The abdominal bench can be
set at various angles of decline, which makes for various
intensities in the performance of crunches. As the name
implies, you will be able to perform abdominal exercises using free
weights and your own bodyweight.
* The preacher bench permits
the athlete to perform arm curls safely, effectively and
comfortably. Your biceps will be more fully developed because
of the improvement in intensity provided by this type of weight
Choosing the Bench
So, now that you know the different types of weight training
benches, the question is how to choose the right one. Well,
you should start with your exercise goals since a clear
understanding of your aim is the best place to start. For
example, if your aim is to be in better shape instead of competing
in the Mr. Universe bodybuilding competition, then a simpler, more
affordable and less maintenance weight bench with a few free
weights will do.
You should also consider the size of the gym. In many cases,
the weight bench cannot be used as desired because of the lack of
space to perform the exercises. If possible, you must take
measurements of the corner where the weight bench will be placed
before actual purchase.
No matter which of the weight training benches you will finally
take home, we always suggest going for quality. Saving a few
cents is fine, yes, but not at the expense of settling for an
unstable weight bench with little capacity for bearing great loads