Giolla Fhaolain. Bench. July 19th , 2017.
The bench press is a three part movement. This may seem silly at first, but think about it this way. First you have the descent, the stretch of your pectorals, second you have the initial push, the engagement of the pecs, and third you have the finish, the engagement and contraction of your triceps. Three parts, two parts that really engage your muscles, and one part that is primarily your weakness.
Chalk at its core does one thing, it allows for a more firm and secure grip of a bar. When you bench heavy you want every muscle working together to get that bar off of your chest. Your forearms included. Chalking up your hands and the bar will allow you to have a more secure and firm grip, when you squeeze your heart out it will now go the extra mile. Try it, chalk helps, it really does.
Benches are not good or bad just based on size, but the bench should be large enough for your own needs. If more than two people will sit on it at a time, it should be at least 5 feet long. The seat shouldn't be too low to the ground which is a frequent problem with DIY benches.
If you have smaller items to store, you can opt for hallway benches with the drawers, compartments and baskets. When you store shoes, it is kept organized and at the same time you can sit comfortably on the bench and tie the shoe laces. A low bench design with the baskets offers a rustic look to the entire interior. When the hallway space is very small, a triangular shape bench with the storage is the best option.
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