Congratulations! You've decided to buy a weights bench so you can train at home and perfect your weight-lifting abilities. When deciding which one to buy, it's important to take several determining factors into consideration. These include your level of experience, strength, how you plan to use the equipment, the specific exercises you would like to do, and the frequency of your training sessions. Follow the guide!
If you want to build up muscle and increase your strength at home, the weight bench is the right choice for you. Once comfortably set up at home, it lets you train with the right equipment in complete safety.
But first, why invest in a weights bench?
- it's a good addition to your body-building workouts at the gym
- it helps increase your muscle mass and strength
- it lets you do natural movements that work out all the muscles in your body
- it's a piece of equipment that is stable, sturdy, has a wide range of settings, and is suited for all builds
- it can be placed at an incline, allowing you to perform a variety of exercises which isolate different muscle groups (flat bench press, incline, decline, spaced, etc.)
- most models are foldable and compact, allowing it to be easily put away either daily or when needed to free up space, or if short on space to begin with
- it's a relatively simple piece of equipment that doesn't require a complicated assembly or set-up.
Which bench to get for what?
To each his own! Which weights bench you should purchase depends on how you plan to use it. In other words, it should meet several pre-determined objectives. Also, before your purchase, it's important to determine how exactly you plan to use your weights bench.
Performance isn't necessarily a determining factor for those who are just getting started, or who are planning on doing muscle-building exercises 1 to 3 times a week (about 30 minutes each).
Designed for those doing occasional-to-regular workouts, who plan to do body-building at home on a consistent basis, such as 3 to 5 workout sessions a week lasting about 45 minutes each.
For advanced or high-performance users who want to train daily for fairly long periods of time (an average of 1 hour a day).
Features and their benefits
You should check the maximum user load supported by the weight bench, the max load of the bar rest, and that of each training position.
Next, check the number of different exercises that can be performed using the bench, the various options it comes with, and the muscles that it allows you to work out.
How much space it will take up
Depending on how much available space you have, you might want to check the dimensions of the machine both when folded and open, and how the incline mechanism works.
Setting it up
Check how easy or difficult it is to assemble the machine, and whether it can be quickly and easily folded so you can put it away as needed.
Adjustments and settings
In order to get as much use out of your machine for as long as possible, check which upgrades and/or accessories are available for your weights bench. You should preferably choose a fully-featured weights bench that allows you to work out most of the muscle groups and perform a wide range of exercises. Weights benches are increasingly equipped with extra accessories which allow you to increase the number of exercises which can be performed (leg levers for leg exercises, cable pulley for the back and triceps, butterfly for the pectorals, preacher curl bench for the biceps, etc.). There is a wide selection available, but not all of them are essential to your workout, as you can still perform effective workouts without having all of these accessories.
If you're on a tighter budget and can't afford to purchase a machine that comes already fully equipped, we recommend buying a weights bench that is upgradable so you'll have the option of adding extra pieces later.
Stability and durability
Make sure you choose a weights bench that matches your strength, weight and height. It should be solid enough to handle your level of experience and weightlifting. Bearing in mind how often you plan to use the bench, carefully check the solidity of the bench, shoulder stands, bar and set of disc weights. The more experienced you are, and the more often you work out, the more wear and tear you'll put on your bench, and the more important it is to get one that is durable and solid.
Comfort and safety
Choose a weights bench that has a large enough back rest that allows you to do your bench presses comfortably and preferably at an incline. Choose a bench with a comfortable seat that is stable as well as adjustable, allowing you to perform each exercise correctly. Check that the shoulder stands are adjustable both in height and size. Lastly, check that the bench has both safety catches and safety spotters.
This is an important criteria impacting the life-span of your bench and allowing you to fix any problems that may arise during its use.
As regards the bench's safety instructions, it's important not to overestimate your strength and lift weights that are too heavy, which can result in injuries. It's also important to make sure you perform each exercise properly by contracting your abs during each lift and without arching your back too much.
We also recommend looking at the bench's user instructions in order to help you choose the one that is best suited to you!