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Weight Benches – Invest In Yourself With a Good Weight Bench

Updated on September 16, 2009

If you find yourself starting to shop around for weight benches, I congratulate you. It shows that you've made a commitment to yourself to begin exercising at home. However, if you found yourself wondering where to turn with regards to weight benches, this article is meant to help you out. It's critical to understand the importance of a good weight bench as the cornerstone for the home gym you are putting together.

You may not be aware of the fact that weight benches are extremely versatile piece of exercise equipment, but the fact that you're investing in this kind of equipment shows that you're willing to take an investment in yourself, and that you're brighter than the average bear. This is excellent. When you get a good quality weight bench and you take care of it it will return the favor to you many times over by helping you build a stronger, healthier, more attractive body.

No Doubt About It... Weight Benches Are the Cornerstone to a Home Gym

Obviously, the first thing you need for your home gym is a set of weights. I'm making the assumption that you pour it worked that part of the equation out. The next most important piece of equipment you could get for yourself is the weight bench. Weight benches allow you so many more options when it comes to exercise selection that trying to put a home gym together without a weight bench is pretty much a waste of time.

flickr image by Army.mil
flickr image by Army.mil

One of the questions many people have at this stage, is how they're going to fit a weight bench into their current living space.  The good news is that you have many, many choices and there's no doubt you can find one that will work for you. They're even some weight benches that can fold up to really minimize the amount of space that they take up. If you choose to go this route, there are a few things you want to make sure of.

The first thing is that the bench is stable. Sometimes, if a manufacturer spends too much time trying to make the bench compact they end up giving up stability in the process. You don't want this. You want to make sure that your bench is a stable surface for you when you're lifting weights.

The next thing to check out with any folding bench is how well it actually folds. There's no point in spending extra money for a “folding” bench if it still can't figure closet, or under your bed, or whatever space you have available. Sometimes this can be tricky to establish. But it would be a good idea to have a general idea of the measurements of the space where you plan to store it and compare that to the measurements of the folding bench, which you should be able to get from the manufacturer.

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flickr image by eyeliam

It's worth getting the right bench because again, a weight bench is such a versatile piece of exercise equipment. They can be used for the barbell bench press, dumbbell flies, abdominal exercises, curls, shoulder presses... the list goes on and on. Some benches also offer the ability to lift up so as to create an incline bench. While not absolutely necessary, this does add even more versatility and allows you to really target all the muscles.

Some of the more fancy benches come with additional attachments. For example, they may come with a leg attachment allowing you to do leg extensions, leg curls, and leg presses among other things. Also, you may be able to connect another piece making preacher curls on option. While these are all “nice to have” options, if you can afford these, don't sweat it.

Speaking of affordability, prices range quite a bit. The super high-end, commercial quality benches or something that needs to be able to hold world-class level power lifting benchpress waits, is going to set you back quite a bit. In reality though, not many people need this kind of equipment at home. Because of this, price ranges around $100-$200 range are pretty normal. Another thing to consider before make in your final purchase, is the fact that many people buy weight lifting equipment but don't stick with it for very long. In the end equipment just takes up a lot of space for them. Therefore, if you do a little bit of research, you may very well be able to find some great deals on some used equipment. Craigslist is one great place to try to find such deals.

Once you've found a bench that suits you and the space that you have, you want to make sure to take care of it properly. You may not think there is much to taking care of a weight bench, and for the most part you're right. However, if you follow a few simple procedures your bench will last a very long time. Really, all you need to think about is avoiding too much direct sweat on the vinyl. Simply lay a towel down on it before you work out and wipe up any excess sweat when you're done. This will provide the vinyl from cracking prematurely. While cracked vinyl isn't the end of the world for weight benches, it does tend to make them much less comfortable and might make you less inclined to use it. It's simple enough to keep him in good shape, so you might as well do it.

If you've gotten this far in your research for weight benches you are clearly committed to getting one and sticking to a weight lifting exercise program. Weight lifting is one of the best long-term exercises you can do to take care of yourself no matter what your current situation is. So for that, I applaud you. Again, assuming you already have at least some weights, maybe even some Olympic weights, and now you're about to get a weight bench, you're in great shape. Or maybe I should say you're about to get into great shape! There's nothing left now but for you to go out and do it is!

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      Jordan Riley 7 years ago

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