View Full Version : how does this bench look?
09-14-2002, 03:33 PM
only 90 bucks altogether
09-14-2002, 03:39 PM
or this one
09-14-2002, 11:38 PM
how old are you?
how big are you?
how much do you lift?
do you plan on actually getting stronger?
These are light duty benches, too narrow for a big guy, and awkward to move any REAL weight on.
Let's see your answers before I recommend anything else.
Going cheap on fitness equipt is not usually a good idea, as you get what you pay for.
09-15-2002, 03:16 AM
I'm 21 and weigh about 160.. I don't bench very much.. like 120 or so.. I just started lifting and was looking for a good bench but not to expensive... what would you suggest?
09-15-2002, 06:46 AM
Well, if you plan to actually use the thing, that 120 can turn into 200 REAL fast.
It is hard to even load plates on a narrow bench like that and you'll wind up either being frustrated by the size, not using it, or getting rid of it in a year.
Now what you need is something with an olympic width between the supports.
At 160 and a light bench like that, I'm going to assume you are the "tall skinny guy" type right now. You need something that is comfortable, sturdy, and EASY to use.
Have a look in this section:
This is the type of stuff you SHOULD be looking at.
I understand if money is an issue, but you get what you pay for.
Look at these, realize the DESIGN of the bench you need (able to grab bar BETWEEN the supports) and you can go down to the "Sports Authority" or "Oshmans" and find one for less, just make sure it FEELS Sturdy.
You can buy and Olympic Set or a standard set with an additional 7 foot barbell.
Personally, I have both, standard weights for Dumbells curls, leg extensions, and an Olympic Bar set.
But I lift a lot more than you do now.
Think about this, go lay on a similar bench and see what I mean about it being awkward. Remember that a good bench for you will allow you to grab the bar comfortably, with your arms bent 90°, INSIDE the supports.
Whatever you get, make sure it is sturdy.
09-15-2002, 07:47 AM
I was looking at the Power Center Combo Bench with Leg Developer its priced at 200 with free shipping not bad at all... would this be a good choice?
09-15-2002, 08:41 AM
Yes, I've been on one at a local BS dealer.
It was nice and sturdy with plenty of room for me (6'2" 230#) and seemed very well built and only about $20 more than an "el cheapo" one at the local "sporting goods" store.
For your size it will be perfect for several years or longer and you can add some attachments to it later.
HINT: Buy the WEIGHTS at the local sports shop, if you buy them online shipping is about $.50/lb. You should be able to get a 300lb olympic set for $100, or a 180lb standard set with dumbells for $100 + you need a 7' standard bar for the standard set.
My suggestion: The olympic bar IS 7' but you need to buy olympic dumbell handles($29 at WalMart). go this route as it will cross over into the bigger stuff you may buy in the future. and you can buy plates at $.40/lb