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Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Weight Bench

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Weight Bench

Weight Bench

If your budget and space allow, having a weight bench is also a great investment for your myNook. Not only can a weight bench provide a comfortable surface to lift weight on, it also offers multiple angles, at which you can train specific muscle groups efficiently. Similar to other fitness equipment, there are also many factors to keep in mind while selecting a weight bench.

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Weight Bench

Type of Bench

Why is it important?

Different benches are designed for different purposes

Some muscle groups can be more efficiently targeted when working out at an angle

What's the trade off?

Adjustable = More $, less stable (for cheaper variants), but more variety of exercises

Nonadjustable = Less $, more stable, but less variety of exercises

What to consider?

Does your fitness goal require you to target specific muscle groups at different angles?

A good adjustable bench should offer angles from decline to vertical with a few increments in between.

Do you have the space to store the bench that you want?

What's on the market?

Multi-Adjustable: Typically offer decline, flat, incline and vertical angles

Flat Bench: Non-adjustable

Olympic Bench: with barbell attachments, sturdy, but takes up more space

Safety/Sturdy Construction

Why is it important?

Safety first!

What's the trade off?

Better construction = More $

What to consider?

Check for specifications to confirm that the bench loading capacity is within your range. This is especially important if you can lift heavy weights.

It's worth it to spend a little more money upfront for better safety and peace of mind during your work outs. After all, a weight bench is something that will last you a long time.

What's on the market?

There is a variety in quality of construction available.

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Weight Bench

Comfort

Why is it important?

You want to focus on exercising, not dealing with discomfort.

What's the trade off?

More comfort = better padding, but more $

What to consider?

Pay attention to the type of padding and its upholstery.

We recommend looking for a bench that has greater than 1" in padding thickness and 12" in width.

What's on the market?

A variety of different padding material, surface, and sizes exist in the market.

Size, Storage & Portability

Why is it important?

You want to have enough room for storing the bench as well as exercising with the bench.

What's the trade off?

Larger Bench = more comfort, more stable

What to consider?

Some companies offer collapsible benches. While this can be a convenient option, think about how easy it is to collapse the bench and stow it away on a daily basis.

Portability becomes very important if you need to put away your bench every time your work out is done. Look for benches with wheels on one side and a handle on the other for easy moving.

What's on the market?

A variety of size and collapsible benches are available on the market.

Warranty

Why is it important?

You want your weight bench to last.

What to consider?

There is usually a reason why a manufacturer doesn't offer warranty.

Customer service is also very important.

What's on the market?

Different manufacturers offer different lengths of warranty. .

Note:

There are also some benches that offer add-on attachments such as leg curl attachment, preacher curl attachments. If you have the budget and your fitness program calls for them, you can consider purchasing them. However, for a typical home gym without much space, storing these add-ons while they are not in use could become troublesome. Before purchasing these attachments, you can also consider other ways to exercise the same muscle groups.

Fitness Nook、Fitness Resources、Equipment Buying Guide:Weight Bench

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