has a nice article on an easy way to build a great lifting platform
And there's nothing like having a good bench. Blues
features the IronMaster Super Bench in his photo and I have never heard anything negative about it. Another one I'm partial to is the IronMind 5-Star Flat Bench
, which is expensive and non-adjusting. I actually prefer doing incline bench presses on a strong (commercial grade) flat bench where I can prop one end of the bench on a plyometric box.
Rather than put money into a poor bench, you can sometimes find good ones from a decades ago that are ugly, rusty and built to last. My friend's dad saw one out on the street with a "Free" sign on it. I couldn't believe what a quality piece of equipment it was. Of course, they're not all that way.
As an alternative, your back only needs to be a few inches off the ground to have a full range of motion for bench pressing. There were a couple times I worked out at home and it occurred to me to grab a spare shelf or two from an adjustable bookcase and wrap it in my wife's yoga mat. I then rested the padded plank on top of an unabridged dictionary and a concise encyclopedia. It worked quite well. I was inspired by the simple design of the Soloflex workout platform
that looks like one could build with wood from Home Depot and a closed-cell foam sleeping pad, rather than using steel tubing and a fancy polyurethane coating
leonard wrote:Powerblocks are different at first. But, once you get used to them, you don't even notice the very slight shifting of the weights. Plus, you can find used powerblocks much more readily than ironmasters. I found that buying the ironmaster meant buying brand new and therefore relatively more expense.
Also, if you work out with someone else, powerblocks are really the only option, unless you wanted to get 2 sets (expensive!) of the ironmasters. I work out with my wife so switching weights would be time prohibitive with 2 people working out using the ironmasters.
I appreciate the feedback. Your experience confirms my own. I've always thought that if I came across some used IronMasters, I'd buy them. But, I've never come across any used ones. (sigh) I hadn't thought much about used PowerBlocks, as obvious an option as that is. I guess I have some window shopping to do at ebay and craigslist...
My apologies to others for the tangent, but I thank your for your indulgence.