Marilyn Stein. Benches. December 17th , 2017.
Even the most difficult of consumers will find a good selection of indoor and outdoor wood benches online - possibly one that you will be able to relax on in any room in your home. Just sitting on an indoor wood bench you will be able to get hold of that book and read it while you are relaxing on the bench that you choose. These benches are available in many different styles and colors- from modern to contemporary to traditional, in wood teak wood plastic or resin. They tend to offer a constant aesthetic appeal to your home as well as making an extremely comfortable seating place for you or any of your guests. They are bound to add character to just about any room. Some of the more popular places to put them is your entryway, lounge or your bedroom.
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.
There are many different style of benches, places to put them, and uses for them. When most people here the word bench they usually think of the traditional park bench. Though the park bench is the most well known of the bench styles, it is hardly the only one. In the last several years, benches have been gaining the popularity around the home that they deserve. There is a large market for all different sorts of benches in todays world. Gardens and backyards have become the new home for many of these benches on the market. Some of these benches are used merely for decoration while others are used for decoration and for relaxing. Purchasing a bench that gives both style and comfort is the ultimate goal for most people. People are falling in love with their newly bought garden and backyard benches with all the new styles and flavors to choose from. These benches can be beautifully crafted and made with top of the line quality materials.
The most popular, elegant and well known pianos in the world are made by Steinway & Sons, who have a tradition of making their top-of-the-line instruments for over 150 years. Steinway however, is solely a piano bench manufacturer, and do not make their own piano benches to go along with their pianos. They in fact contract out to Jansen & Son exclusively to make benches for their products. Thus, if you are looking for a Steinway piano bench, you are in fact looking for a Jansen piano bench. A brief history about Jansen: they are an American piano bench manufacturer in Wisconsin, who have been in business for over 50 years. They are known across the globe for making the highest quality benches available, using superior maple hardwood (from the East Coast of the United States or Canada), and thick, furniture quality vinyl. Jansen is best known for their artist benches, which features their heavy-duty, silent "micro-adjustable" raising mechanism (which is the best adjustable mechanism on the market).
Search for Rippetoes guide to rep ranges and strength, it is an extremely helpful graphic for our argument here. The largest effect on both strength and power occurs at lower rep ranges, below 8, generally somewhere between 3 and 6. What does this mean? No more drop sets, no more burn out sets until infinity, more powerlifting style training. To put it simply, you need to train in the 3-6 rep range to get the best strength and power results. Also remember, you train for strength, you dont test for strength. Going for one rep maxs every week will not help you increase your strength, rather it will be extremely taxing on your central nervous system. Train for the strength, dont test for it.
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