There are many different kinds of weightlifting benches available at present, which target different parts of the body and work different muscle groups. They can be quite specific or can have various uses so make sure that you go to a reputable sales outlet where you can be assisted in purchasing the bench that best suits your requirements. It is also imperative that you know how to use the bench correctly and do so at all times. Injuries are extremely common where weight lifting equipment is used incorrectly.
The basic, all-purpose bench consists of a straight bench, which is usually adjustable to be turned into an inclined or declined position. These are inexpensive and can fold flat for storage. They are suitable for general dumbbell exercises.
An incline bench will have a raised back. The seat and back are usually independently adjustable for comfort so they can be adjusted perfectly to suit your body shape and exercise. They work with any free weights workout and can fit into most other systems.
A Preacher Curl bench is designed to promote bicep growth and is very effective. These are available in standing or sitting positions and are extremely popular. They enhance your ability to correctly curl the bicep and doing this exercise correctly enhances the muscle. Sitting, or standing, the lifter reaches over the arm pad and curls the weight towards themselves.
If the upper body is the focus of your attention the best bench for the job is the Olympic Bench Press. These are used to lift barbells of various weights while lying on the horizontal bench. These are available with built in spotter stands and safety catch hooks, where the weight can be placed after the lift. These benches are most effective for biceps, shoulders and pectorals. A variation on this bench is the Decline Olympic bench Press. This is declined at the head end with a knee support and will be most useful for enhancing the lower pectorals.
A combination bench is the next step up into having your own complete home gym. The combination bench offers a number of exercise positions and routines for developing a weight lifting programme. Many include leg extension and leg curl attachments so you can focus on your upper body and your legs as well other specific body areas.
Benches are available in very specifically tailored designs such as a tricep seat, a utility bench or a hackslide and can also be very elaborate with designs such as a free standing crossover pulley or a complete Smith machine.
Most benches are made from structural rolled steel tubing and should be sturdy and robust. Many manufacturers also include a lifetime guarantee on weightlifting benches to demonstrate their quality and durability.