Marilyn Stein. Benches. December 14th , 2017.
If the bottom of your bench press is your weak point, you are in luck, there are exercises that specifically target getting the bar off of your chest. The dip, and decline bench press are the two most helpful movements for getting an initial drive off of your chest. Also keep in mind that your form may be inhibiting your ability to drive the bar off of your chest. Always keep a tight back, firm feet, and a slight arch in your back when you bench press to fully engage your body. Nonetheless, dips are one of the most important chest related exercises to build muscle. The theory here is simple, dips focus their attention on the lower, stronger portion of the chest and can be trained quite heavy. Building up your lower chest will enable you to get the initial drive to push the bar off your sternum and into the air. The decline bench does the same thing. For a weak bottom of your bench it is simple, build up strength in the bottom of your pecs. Heavy, power and strength rep ranges should be incorporated, think 3-6 reps per set.
Vanity benches used to be a thing of the past, but more and more women today are purchasing vanities for their bedrooms once again. A vanity is a great way to provide extra storage, especially for all those little extra items like cosmetics and hair accessories. Vanity benches provide ladies a place to sit while they apply makeup and fix their hair, and this is a luxury many women are enjoying once again. Some vanities come with vanity benches, but others do not. Also sometimes it may be necessary to replace the bench, especially in the case of an antique vanity that is now being used once again. Here are some things to keep in mind while shopping for vanity benches.
The floor press is a powerlifters best friend. The set up is simple, and the logic behind the motion is even more obvious. All you need to do is set up a bar raised from the floor high enough that you can get your elbows below it, then you perform the same motion as a bench press, you push. The great thing here is that you are just focusing on the top part of a pressing motion, isolating the muscle fibers that are engaged when you try to finish a real bench press. Also, the floor press takes leg drive completely out of the question, hitting your chest and triceps with full force. Train moderately heavy for strength and a little bit of hypertrohpy, think 6-8 reps per set.
While plastic and metal benches are available and can in fact be customized, it is the wooden storage benches that are in heavy demand given the fact that wood does not conduct heat and provides a cool setting even on hot days. Another advantage is that mold, fungi and rot are not able to infect the wooden benches because cedar is naturally resistant against them. Storage benches are also available in two varieties, with or without backs. Furthermore the benches can have storage space tailored to your requirements. Some people prefer tiny drawers or compartments to store the clutter like shoes, socks or even umbrellas. Some others prefer to have chest-sized storage space that can hold larger items like quilts, blankets and pillows. If required for storage, benches can also contain cooler lines, meaning you can store your beverages in them. Most benches also have some sort of space beneath the arm rest. If the storage space is a chest, it is vital you look for a finger guard to protect from injury when opening the lid. Another option is to put cushions on your storage bench. This will make it more comfortable. However, the decision is now up to you.
Vanity benches are usually backless and are ideally crafted for one person only. Delicate carvings, stylish and sophisticated designs are some of the characteristic features of vanity benches. The main consideration in buying a vanity bench is space. Elegant vanity benches do not necessarily take up additional space, but they do look out of place if placed in a narrow setting. Ideally your vanity needs to be spacious and comfortable otherwise you may not spend enough time on it. Spacious settings are desired as far as vanity benches are concerned. Vanity benches are highly stylized pieces that prove to be a perfect companion to your dressing vanity.
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