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    Default Standard vs Olympic weight bench, which should I choose?

    I'm looking to build strength and muscle (hence why I'm here) but I'm unsure of which kind of weight bench I need. I like the standard benches because they're cheap, but most fitness/bodybuilding websites I go to say that the Olympic bench/bar is superior. Which one should I get?

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    Olympic weights are best. I have a set and use a regular bench but use the hooks on my power rack instead of the hooks on the bench. A picture of my set up is in this thread: http://www.muscleandstrength.com/for...Home-Gym-Setup
    It works great and this way I have room for everything.
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    itīs more important to get a good bar which will take a good load. The olympic weights(which i have in my home Gym and Standard too) are not that important. People talk of "good vibrations" with an olympic bar. you can get a good Standard bar too made of Feather steel and will also fit a power rack. the plates you can get cheap for a Standard bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobAlister View Post
    I'm looking to build strength and muscle (hence why I'm here) but I'm unsure of which kind of weight bench I need. I like the standard benches because they're cheap, but most fitness/bodybuilding websites I go to say that the Olympic bench/bar is superior. Which one should I get?
    ^^^Olympic, no question
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    If you buy benches for home or to outfit a fitness facility you have two option standards or Olympic.
    Olympic means not its use for Olympic games. It’s maybe denoted as Olympic by the manufacturers.
    Olympic benches are wider and support a good amount of weight. Olympic benches are also more stable than standard benches.
    So, in my opinion, you can buy Olympic benches.
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    Some Day ago, I purchased a Folding Bench, This is a Great product! The reason I choose this bench is it has all positions including decline which is missing in most of the products. I am 5'11'' and it fits perfectly. It folds up and easy to move.Great for home workout and would definitely recommend this product.
    The awesome thing was it come pre-assembled...Just remove from box and use it.
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