You can not afford the prices of a gym membership so, you decide you can do your workouts at home. You are not sure of the exact type of equipment you will need but, you know that you want one of the Olympic Weight Benches to go into your home gym. But, will the cost of the bench be worth the price you might probably have to pay? Will you really save that much?
The Olympic style benches are different than traditional flat weight benches which are usually incorporated into the home. Usually, when a home bench is purchased, we feel that if we opt for a less expensive model, we will be doing well for ourselves. But, this is not the case, when safety and longevity are more important.
Cheaper benches are not of high quality steel and will not hold up to larger weight capacities. If you are a dedicated, hard-core lifter, the lower grade benches will not hold up to your abilities. The bars which hold the weights, will bend, the plates themselves, are usually made with cement that is poured into a heavy plastic covering, and this may cause you injury or even death.
If you truly want to work out from the comfort of your own home, you will have to spend more money and buy better grade tools. The higher quality benches are made of high grade steel. A seven foot bar is usually part of the equipment, and this will serve your needs very well. The weight plates are made of solid steel, so you do not have the worry of cracking the plastic cover on the plates, in case they are dropped, like you do with the cement filled plates.
The bench itself is a very important tool when getting one of these Olympic beauties. Without the bench , you will not be able to do the bench press, incline bench press, or chest flyes. Face it, anyone who has lifted before knows you can not do any of these exercises while on the floor. You have to have a sturdy bench which can handle your body weight and the weight you will be pushing. These benches are solid with very strong welds and nice, thick cushioning on the bench pad. The cushioning is covered with good quality vinyl and should last you a long time with the proper care.
Three hundred dollars is a good starting price to pay for Olympic weight benches . Yes, you should research before you purchase any type of work out equipment. Also, just because something costs more does not mean it is higher quality. Never place yourself in a life threatening situation by being lazy. It takes work to buy the proper equipment just as much as it takes work to lift. Stay safe.