Upright Utility Benches Burlington VT

The upright position is ideal for targeting your shoulders and back. That's why you'll rarely see an upright bench free in your local gym or power lifting club. But aside from the fact that the upright position is ripe for putting mass on the upper bodies of weight lifters, using an upright utility bench is safe practice for those just starting to resistance train.

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Upright Utility Benches

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Upright Utility Benches

The upright position is ideal for targeting your shoulders and back. That's why you'll rarely see an upright bench free in your local gym or power lifting club. But aside from the fact that the upright position is ripe for putting mass on the upper bodies of weight lifters, using an upright utility bench is safe practice for those just starting to resistance train.

While it's true that standing up to exercise forces you to utilize many supporting muscles including the muscles in your legs to keep you upright leaning against an upright bench will lend support to your upper body. Because the bench keeps your body stationary, you're forced to really focus on the muscles you're targeting. Think of an upright bench like a reinforced chair that supports your back when you're lifting something a little too heavy.

For example, if I was performing seated bicep curls on an upright bench, my back would be braced against any possible strain that I might endure if I was standing and arching my back while swinging my dumbbells upwards. Making sure my back and butt are firmly pressed against the back of the bench, I will ensure that none of the resistance I'm applying shifts from my biceps and shoulders and places undue stress on my lower back or torso.

To properly perform seated dumbbell curls:

  • Sit on an upright bench and push your butt and spine firmly against the chair pad.
  • Look forward, chin up with your feet flat planted firmly on the floor.
  • Press your back flat against the back of the chair so there's little or no arch.
  • Grasp a dumbbell in each hand on either side of the bench just below your butt.
  • Starting with the right dumbbell, lift it towards your right shoulder squeezing at the top of the curl.
  • As you lower the right dumbbell, raise the left alternately in the same curling motion.

If you're new to resistance training, dumbbell curls, like shoulder presses and flies, should be performed on an upright benc...

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