There is disclosed a bench pad for a weight lifter's bench which has a first elongate portion of a first substantially uniform predetermined width, a second portion disposed longitudinally of the first elongate portion and having a second substantially uniform predetermined width and a third portion disposed between the first elongate portion and the second portion and connected to each of them. The third portion is positioned to be located under the shoulders and cervical area of a person lying supine on the bench pad. A first end of the third portion is connected to the first elongate portion and has a width substantially equal to the width of the adjoining end of the first elongate portion and a second end of the third portion is connected to the second portion and has a width substantially equal to the width of the adjoining end of the second portion. The third portion has a middle portion of a width substantially reduced from the width of each of its ends and has a width which gradually reduces from each of its ends toward such middle portion. Arcuate recessed portions to help support and stabilize the head and hips of a person lying supine on the bench pad and a restraining device to help restrain excessive arching of a weight lifter's back away from the bench pad are also disclosed.