Consider Your Current and Future Goals
Before buying a weight bench, take a moment to consider both your current and future goals. There is no point buying a basic flat bench if you see your routine evolving in a few months or so. Really think about what you want from your weight training program.
Decide on A Type
After you have taken the time to consider your goals, decide on the type of weight bench you want. Remember that the four main types are flat weight benches, adjustable benches, multi-purpose and abdominal benches. Flat benches are basic but more than capable of suiting one’s weight training needs while adjustable and multi-purpose ones offer incline options as well as attachments and abdominal benches do a great job at targeting the abs. Along with deciding on a type, think about whether you want one that folds for convenient storage.
A simple online search can show you all of the choices available and help you make a decision. Once there are a few benches you are interested in, you can research further by checking out customer reviews, reading full descriptions of several benches, learning more about the manufacturer and comparing the prices of different benches from various retailers.
Check for a Strong, Sturdy Foundation
At this point you probably have a handful of weight benches you’re thinking about buying. The best way to finalize your decision is making sure it has all the must haves like a strong, sturdy foundation. A weight bench lacking this is utterly useless and using one of such poor quality can result in an injury.
Consider Your Comfort
In addition to a strong, sturdy foundation put comfort into consideration. The weight bench you decide to buy should be firm yet comfortable. Look for benches with adequate, high quality padding that won’t flatten considerably with heavy use.
Try It Out
You can try out a weight bench or any other piece of gym equipment at most retailers and specialty fitness stores. Go in, give them a try and check for the must haves mentioned above including stability and, of course, a comfortable seat. When trying out the weight bench, make sure to use it as you would at home. Wear comfortable clothes on your trip to the store so you can do a few test lifts.
Complete the Purchase
Once you have decided on a weight bench, complete your purchase. Weight benches can be purchased online, at a trusted retailer or a specialty fitness store. When it comes to weight benches, one high quality bench isn’t better than the other. They are lightweight, assembly is pretty straightforward and all require very little if any maintenance.