After long months of weighing the pros and cons, sitting comfortably on your sofa, it’s decided: you will get back to the sport and, more particularly to bodybuilding to sculpt your dream body in the comfort of your home! Amid weights, dumbbells, and other pull-up bars, the sit up bench is essential to have at home to sculpt a body that we have always dreamed of. But not all benches are created equal in terms of versatility and value for money. To make sure you’re making the right choice, follow the advice in this guide to choose the adjustable decline sit up bench that will perfectly match your needs for your upcoming weight training sessions.
What are the different types of sit up benches?
The sit up bench at free charge
A basic option yet extremely effective for building strength and muscle mass, the free-load sit up bench is the preferred option for experienced athletes. As the movement is not guided by the machine, it allows the target muscle to work while engaging many auxiliary muscles (such as the deltoids or the triceps in the bench press) and the stabilizing muscles of your body (lumbar, quadriceps, abs, and glutes).
The sit up bench at guided load
The advantage of the guided sit up bench is that it allows you to precisely target the muscle to be worked while providing some comfort and minimizing the risk of loss of control during training, and therefore the risk of injury. However, since its targeted use involves fewer muscles, as is the case with the free-load bench, in particular, it is less effective at building gross muscle mass.
How to choose his sit up bench? Selection criteria
Depending on your budget and the use you want to make of it, you won’t necessarily have to invest in a sophisticated and expensive sit up bench to ensure a high-performance workout. Here are the essential criteria for choosing a sit up bench suitable for your practice.
The type of sit up bench
The flat bench is a basic and inexpensive option, consisting of a simple bench on the floor. Although it allows for a large number of exercises, there is no additional option or possibility of adjustment here.
The inclined and adjustable sit up bench (at 45 °, 90 ° see 180 °), more versatile, allows you to perform basic exercises while integrating other exercises that require an incline, such as the bench press or military bench press—90 °.
The complete sit up bench also called the weight training station, allows thanks to the racks directly integrated into the structure to lift Olympic weights. Some have additional options, like pulleys or a desk, which can turn it into a complete weight station. There is just one downside, and that is that it takes up more room.
The abdominal plank e, less versatile than the previous options, is dedicated only to the abdominal belt’s grounding thanks to its negative inclination position.
Stability and solidity
Please inquire about the materials used for the structure and the feet, the full weight that your bench will carry, and the bodyweight while using the bench—taking into account your weight and the maximum weight that you will use during your type of training. Indeed, all the benches are not the same, and some will not necessarily be adapted to your height or weight.
Frequency of use
Would you like to invest in a sit up bench for a complete, daily workout, or is it more of a weight machine that complements your weekly workouts? Budget considerations will encourage you to pick the bench that suits your needs.
Dimensions and weight
Again, the choice of dimensions and weight of your bench will depend on your situation. You will not have access to the same options if you live in a 25 m² or have a room dedicated to your bodybuilding sessions. Your bench’s dimensions must also adapt to yours to ensure a certain comfort during your training sessions. Exit the compact model if you measure 2.10m for 120 kg.
The reclining backrest adjustments
The possibilities of inclinations define the number of exercises that you will perform and, therefore, the number of muscle groups that you will be able to work on thanks to your sit up bench. For complete training, choose a bench with an adjustable backrest. If the abdominal strap’s work is essential for you, opt instead for an adjustable AND declining bench (with negative inclination).
Options and accessories
Additional accessories, often included on complete benches, may also be optional on adjustable benches. Pulley, desk, pull-up bar, squat rack, leg extensions, these options allow you to go further in the exercises allowed by your sit up bench. However, be sure to choose them according to their real usefulness in your training, to avoid the purchase of redundant equipment.