Optimize Every Workout: The Big Body Benefits of Exercise Benches

Aside from a range of exercises, athletes must decide upon the proper equipment, which includes benches, dip bars, or chairs.  Some prefer to invest in one major piece of equipment while sculpting a routine around it. Why should you invest your money on a workout bench? There are plenty of reasons why a workout bench could be the right tool to add to your workout routine!

One of the great qualities of a workout bench is that you don’t need a lot of room within a home to have one. Some use it in the garage or basement, while others use it in the living room or bedroom. One rule of thumb is that you will need enough room to safely lift weights and make maneuvers without sacrificing form. While you don’t need to use heavy weights, if you are, you should think twice before doing so on a second floor or above floors that could be chipped or damaged.

Options


Benches are adjustable, which means that you’re not really purchasing a ‘flat bench’. While a flat bench is cheaper, you’ll be limited as to how many exercises can be performed on it. Therefore, make an investment in an adjustable model that allows athletes to do a large number of exercises that target the arms, chest, or legs. Research and find an adjustable bench that fits your needs!

Investment


Remember to invest in quality, and unfortunately quality doesn’t come dirt cheap. However, a workout bench is not the kind of investment that begets regret. For example, if you invested thousands into a home gym that got little use, you’d feel foolish! However, a workout bench affords a lot of opportunity at a small cost. Even if you took a break from working out, you could conveniently store the bench for future use.

Convenience


There are not many pieces of equipment that can deliver as much convenience in your own home as a workout bench. Currently, you may leave your home to attend a neighborhood gym. Over time, many people find excuses not to workout if you need to leave the house to have that experience. There are no excuses when you have a bench right there in your home!

Attachments


If you end up opting for an adjustable bench, there is so much more variety in exercises when buying attachments. For example, while you can do a number of leg exercises with a flat bench, you can do even more to target the legs with a proper attachment. You are also able to take it on and off for easy use and storage!

Set Up


So, you decide to order a new piece of equipment for your home gym. It arrives and you couldn’t be more excited… until you open the box to find out that it comes in tons of different pieces that you need to assemble. Many times, it seems that you need to be an engineer to get through the first page of the directions! Moreover, you may (or may not) get the proper tools needed to stressfully, yet successfully put the equipment together. Alternatively, a workout bench is pretty straightforward to assemble. At most, you may need to put on attachments or attach the flat part to the legs.

Variety

 


Perhaps you’re training to be a runner for the summer months, yet in the winter, you like to cross country ski. What’s great about a bench is that you can use it to train to be any kind of athlete! Even better, age does not matter. You can use a bench as a teenager just as much as you would as a senior citizen.


Maybe you are looking for something to add to give variety to an already established workout or maybe you want to try something new. Workout benches really can add that extra something to any workout! Incredibly convenient, easy to set up, and an extensive variety for workouts – workout benches are definitely worth the investment!

Do you want more tips and information about getting fit? Check out our Get Fit section!

Photo Credit (title image): Men and women performing aerobic exercises adapted from Amanda Mills (Public Domain), A young woman stretching before exercise adapted from Amanda Mills (Public Domain), Gymnasium exercising adapted from tpsdave (CCO Public Domain)

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Jessica N.

Jessica lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, spunky 3 year old daughter, and 10 month old son. Her favorite things include sewing/crafting, reading, and hearing her children giggle. She is a huge fan of Pinterest, Etsy and reality tv. She currently works as a school counselor and is very passionate about advocating for children in order to help them succeed in school. For her, the best gifts in life have been the love of her family, the support of her husband, and becoming a Mom.

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