So, you’ve decided to lift weights, huh! Obviously, you will need something that will act as your support as you lift the weights. In this case, you will need a weight bench. The weights bench will help you have enough support and posture as you lift the weights. By the way, you are on the right track because weightlifting has some amazing health benefits.
But how do you go about it when you are out looking for a weights bench whether your personal use or for using at the gym? Let’s find that out:
Determine How You Intend To Use It
The first thing to consider when choosing a weights bench is how and where you will be using it. If you are using it at home, it may not be used as frequently as such. But still, you may use it regularly or intensively. An occasional use would be when you use the bench once or thrice every week for about 30 minutes every session.
Regular use is when you use it three to five times a week for around 45 minutes every workout session. The intensive use is when you are using the bench for advance and high-performance training. Here, you will be training every day for one hour or more.
Considering these factors will help you choose the right weights bench.
A bench that is intended to be used in the gym should be different from the one that will be used at home. The one used at a commercial gym should be strong enough because it will be used every day by different people almost every hour.
Performance Of The Bench/Number Of Exercises Performed
You need to be sure that the weights bench can support you accordingly. This means that you must check the maximum user load that is supported by the weight bench. Also, check the maximum load of the bar rest, as well as that of every training position.
Also, you should check the number of exercises that can be performed on the bench. Ideally, go for one that lets you perform different workouts. Don’t only go for the bench press for the chest exercise. Consider one that enables you to work on your shoulder, arms, legs, and chest too.
The Size/Space That It Takes
Before you go out to purchase the weights bench, you must consider the available space. This means that the bench that you get should fit in the area you intend to place it. If it is too big, it will not only fail to fit in the available space, but you’ll also lack enough space to train. That is why you should only go for the right bench size.
Ideally, go for one that can be folded or opened accordingly. In this case, you can easily fold the bench when it’s not in use to create some space for maybe some cardio workouts.
The weights bench will need to be set up before it can be used. That is why you need to consider what it takes to set it up. Is it easy to too difficult to assemble the bench? Anybody would want a weights bench that isn’t difficult to assemble. When choosing a weights bench that is easy to set up, you need to consider if it will also be easy to put away (if it can be folded).
The best part is that you will only need to set it up once. Even if it might take a few minutes or hours to assemble the bench, you will only have to do that once.
Does the bench need attachments before you can start using it? And if it does, do you have to purchase them, or they come with the bench? This is a factor you must consider before you purchase a bench for weight lifting. A weights bench with different attachments will let you get more dynamic and versatile workout compared to one without the attachments.
If you are needed to purchase the attachments, how much would it cost you? Make sure that you consider this factor carefully.
Even though you aim to work on the different muscle groups in your body, you still need to ensure that the weighs bench that you take is comfortable enough. Comfort must be a top factor when picking any weights bench out there.
Here, you should consider the foam padding that shouldn’t be too hard nor too soft. It is like choosing a mattress. You don’t want to choose one that is too hard or too soft, but one that has the right foam padding. Soft padding will make you sink in the bench as you workout. On the other hand, a hard foam will cause some pain to your muscles.
Another factor to consider when choosing the weights bench is the stability and how durable the bench is. You want to choose a bench that will match your strength, weight, as well as height. This also means that the material used will be a major factor here. Make sure that you check the solidity of the weights bench, as well as the disc weights, bar, as well as shoulder stands.
Once you have considered the major factors when choosing a weights bench, you will have to mind the warranty length. The manufacturer of the weights bench must assure you that it will serve you for a long time without breaking down. Therefore, consider the length of the warranty before buying it. The warranty should also cover the parts and labor of the bench. Even if you are using it alone at home, it may have some manufacturer’s issue, which will make it stop working in some way. Here is where the warranty comes in. Always go for a bench that has a warranty for the parts, labor, and even attachment.
Before you start using the weights bench, here are some tips to help you make the most of it. Remember always to handle your bench with care so that you can enjoy the warranty cover