If you are in the process of building a home gym, you understand the importance of choosing the right equipment. Not only does it need to fit your fitness goals, but your budget as well. Weights are a common go-to for home gyms and for good reason. They provide a great workout for users and they don’t take up a lot of space.
When it comes to choosing what kind of weight plates and weight bench to outfit your gym space with, we highly recommend investing in Olympic weight plates and an Olympic weight bench. In this blog we’ll discuss the benefits of having weight plates and a weight bench in your home gym and why you should opt for an Olympic weight bench and Olympic weight plates.
Free weights are considered an essential part of any home gym. While providing a high quality workout, they are less expensive than resistance machines and a great space-saving option.
If you are looking to build muscle and change your body composition, free weights are your best option. No other piece of equipment can offer the multitude of benefits that this single piece of equipment can. Free weights can also be more effective than resistance machines over the long-term. The user has complete control over the weight, speed and direction applied to each movement so that you can target multiple muscle groups efficiently.
Other benefits of using free weights include:
There are many advantages to using Olympic weight plates over other kinds of free weights. Olympic weight plates tend to be more stable on the lifting bar and feel more robust, the standard 1” weight plates. They’re also more versatile which will allow you to have a greater variety of workouts. Load them onto any Olympic bar, curl bar or plate loaded machine as you will soon find these are a staple in any gym.
Weight benches are available in a variety of sizes and types and can be adjustable or non adjustable. Adjustable benches have more functionality while non adjustable benches limit your workout and exercise options. Benches with attached leg extension pads, curl attachments an Olympic weight bench require more space in order for you to get an effective workout.
When deciding on what type and size weight bench you want, you need to factor in that the bench needs to fit in your space as well as additional room to move around the bench and perform various exercises. When it comes to planning your space you’ll need several feet of open space around the bench.
Olympic Benches are a great option for your home gym for a few reasons. An Olympic bench is typically wider and longer than the standard bench which can accommodate Olympic barbells.
These weight benches have a built in racking system, which tends to be safer than just using a bench and squat stand together. The Olympic bench can support extremely heavy lifters, and is designed in such a way that makes it difficult to tip over.
A weight bench supports exercises and a variety of exercises that help boost muscle size, strength, and endurance. This piece of equipment can help you get a better strength training workout at home that works out all six major muscle groups.
Some great workouts you can do using a weight bench include: