Corrine Baird. Benches. December 15th , 2017.
What is powerlifting? Powerlifting is a sport that consists of three lifts, the squat, dead lift, and bench press performed at maximum weight. Simple right, lift as much weight as possible and garner the largest total you can. This sounds like a perfect blueprint for what we want to do with the bench press. Mimicking the training style of power lifters makes sense for two reasons, one obvious and one more scientific. Powerlifters lift the heaviest weights in the world. The world record for bench press is held by a powerlifter, not a bodybuilder. It then makes sense from a purely common sense stand point to model what this group of people do. Secondarily, the science backs it. Training in a lower rep range (which we will go in depth on below) works for strength and power, which is exactly what we are looking for.
All of this being said, given these economic times, buying a Jansen artist bench can still be a significant financial commitment for a lot of people. And while Jansen piano benches are sold online, for those who have never seen one of their benches in person, its not uncommon for a person to want to examine one up-close before buying something over the internet. The best way of doing this would be contact your local Steinway dealer, and ask if they have any Jansen artist benches in their storeroom next to their pianos. That way, you can do to your dealer, sit on the bench yourself, and see the actual quality of the bench.
If it is classic styling that you want, or just to create a sensational setting, indoor wood benches have just that. Indoor wood benches that have storage space are a lot more decorative and sensible additions to add to your home. They are the best in rooms that all your clutter seems to accumulate in. Although there are some basic designs of indoor wood benches that are available, most of them are really attractive and tend to add appeal as well as being able to function really well wherever they are placed. In an entryway it is always a good idea to consider indoor wood benches that are equipped with hooks so that you can hang all coats and any other items. Any indoor wood bench that is more formal looking and is equipped with storage space, would go perfectly in places like your living room, where you can store blankets and pillows.
Okay, using chalk might have seemed odd at first, and I am sure that foam rolling your legs seems even more out of place right now, but trust me, it works. This step towards a bigger bench should not be limited to just your lower body, you really should foam roll your upper body as well. There are a few reasons for this. First, foam rolling relieves tension built up in your body. When you bench press (and lift heavy in general) you want to get the most out of your muscles, you want everything working in sync and at their maximum, this goes for your legs as well as your upper body. By foam rolling your IT band, inner quad sweep, glutes, and calves you are preparing yourself for maximum effort from your leg drive. By loosening and releasing tension and stress in your lower body you are allowing yourself the ability to use your leg drive as effectively as possible.
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.
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