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Olympic weight benches are sturdy and durable.
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To get the best results for your weight-training efforts, you need to factor in the equipment you'll use for your exercises. This is especially true for certain upper-body exercises like bench presses, chest flyes and rows. Two main types of weight benches facilitate these exercises: the standard bench and the Olympic weight bench. The frequency of your workouts, your current level of strength and your budget all play a role in determining which piece of equipment is the best fit for your training.
The Olympic weight bench is competition grade equipment for advanced weight training. The construction of the bench is high quality, using durable high-grade composite steel. The equipment is made to handle the stress of extremely heavy weight and uses an Olympic bar with high-capacity support cradles. The heavy duty Olympic equipment can support many hundreds of pounds of free-weight plates through repeated high-volume exercises. Olympic benches often feature thick padding for increased support from heavy weight loads. The Olympic weight bench and other equipment often is bulky, taking up a lot of space.
Standard Weight Benches
Standard weight benches are intended for beginners and casual users who want a general level of fitness from weight training. The material used for standard weight benches is often thin tubing made from aluminum or a composite alloy. Standard weight benches also feature thin padding and utilize a standard weight bar that does not have a high capacity. Typically, standard weight benches come with a number of accessories so that you can use the equipment for a wide range of exercises, including leg curls, arm curls, guided chest flyes and triceps extensions.
Comparing Standard and Olympic Benches
While standard weight benches are not as high quality as Olympic equipment, they also aren't anywhere near as expensive. The cost of outfitting a basic home gym with Olympic equipment can be prohibitive, while the expense of a standard weight bench set is specifically designed for the average home gym enthusiast. The smaller footprint and increased variability of standard equipment also makes them ideal for home-gym users. However, if you are an experienced lifter with an established level of base strength, many standard weight benches won't be able to accommodate the high weight capacities you need to lift to achieve progressive overload. Olympic equipment has no such restrictions.
Most commercial gyms use Olympic benches because of the durability and high weight capacity of the equipment and because they can mitigate the cost through membership fees. Home gyms better lend themselves to standard equipment, but there is a wider range of quality in that market segment. For example, some standard weight benches may be too inferior in construction to allow a proper weight-training workout. To get the most out of standard equipment, select the units with the best build quality for the price and that best meet your ultimate fitness goals.