Precor Adjustable Multi-Angle Bench
The Precor Adjustable Bench is one of those wonders that pepper the fitness landscape and make us start to wonder why the others seem to be so overbuilt. Precor is an American company that produces a range of fitness equipment from very expensive and complex machines to pieces like the Multi-Angle Bench which seems like it’s the product of a design class project to create the best possible bench from the least possible material.
Regardless of your workout goal, the versatility of the Precor Adjustable Bench is such that you won’t be left wanting. It excels as a stand-alone appliance but is also engineered to integrate seamlessly with Precor's S3.23 Functional Trainer. It’s as a stand-alone that we’ll review it here so let’s get started.
It is easy to assemble when you get it
It comes with a fantastic warranty
Has transport wheels for easy movement
The saddle not adjustable
The adjustable workout bench is the perfect tool for working both the upper and lower muscles in your body. It is made with quality upholstery in a sharp black vinyl and foam padding which is contoured for comfort. The bench adjusts to six angles, including incline, flat, and decline as well as military. The design includes handles and transport wheels on the bottom so when you are finished with your workout you can easily move it out of the way. The design is accented with a powder-coated steel frame.
The upholstery is made with premium-quality and has a Beautyguard protective topcoat finish. It provides extra durability with a double-layer slipcover which is placed in the areas of the bench which are high wear areas. There is also double stitching on all of the seams. The bench comes in a huge array of colors for the upholstery and frame, so it will easily be able to fit the decor of any room in your home. The bench has a sturdy frame made of 11 gauge steel. It tops off the durability with an electrostatically applied and heat-cured powder coat.
Portability and Set Up
What To Know Before You Buy
If you are planning to use a lot of free weights, you may want to consider adding a rack around your bench, one which has a squat rack, an overhead bar, and an open work area on the sides for doing arm lifts or curls. If you plan on training using resistance, be sure the bench you choose is going to be compatible with resistance bands. Also, look to see whether the back cushion or seat adjusts so you can focus on different areas.
When you are doing strength training, it is vital to know your bench's weight capacity. Some benches are designed for only simpler workouts and they will start wobbling the second you redistribute any major amount of weight. If you work out with barbells, you need a bench that has at least a 300-pound weight capacity.
You would be shocked by how many online customer reviews talk about horror stories of having their bench collapse while holding a barbell full of weight in the air. The product descriptions should always include a max weight capacity as well as a list of any safety features included. Some benches are designed to be wide and bottom-heavy, so they are able to handle a sudden weight redistribution. Other models of bench are designed with narrow legs so they are designed to be used with lighter weight or they may be prone to teeter.
No matter which strength training workout you decide to focus on, the most important part is to keep up with your regiment. Many studies prove that both of these forms of exercise are both effective if the workout is practiced in a strong regimen.
History of the Workout Bench
The only way to step up the muscle building was to hang static weights around your neck. Lying on your back makes it possible to increase the weight you use without putting too much stress on all the other parts of your body. Looking at it from a scientific point of view, the weighted bars could oppose the muscle’s generated force through what is known as contraction. Specific muscle groups could get bigger without the body breaking down.
Strength training using free weights has been a part of workouts since Ancient Greece. Throughout history, athletes working with weights have experimented with more precise ways to create a chiseled physique (read a brief history of Crossfit games). In the 1960s, a major shift happened as exercise machines started to compliment the free weight exercises. The exercise machines were very popular because they changed the way that certain muscles in your body would contract.
Once the 1970s started a huge fitness craze really took hold. It was fueled by the movie Pumping Iron, as well as the popularity of Muscle Beach and famed weightlifter Arnold Schwarzenegger. That was closely followed in the next few decades, with people getting hooked on tv programs about aerobics and fitness. They focused on resistance training which is isometric. Neighborhood gyms became all the rage, popping up on every corner. Soon after, the U.S. saw the rise of home gyms which invited the popularity of the workout bench as an economical way to keep an all-purpose piece of equipment in the home.