indehoy. Bench. July 15th , 2018.
To begin arching, get into the position described at the end of the foot placement section. You are either sitting up behind the bar, or you are lying down with your head off the bench. You have placed your feet in the ideal location, and you have an underhand grip on the bar. Now, keeping that underhand grip, slide your body towards the foot-end of the bench. While you do this, tightly arch your lower back. Also, squeeze your shoulder blades back and down as tightly as possible. Think the opposite of a shrug. With your lower and upper back in this tensed position, keep sliding down the bench until your knees are at the desired location relative to your heels (the foot placement you chose). If you end up with your head way in front of the bar, start over with your body situated further back. Your head cant be too far in front of the bar, or even a spotter will not be able to hand off the bar to you.
The first and most important thing you must do to improve your bench press technique is to get a solid setup on the bench. Lifters that take a day to make big changes to their setup can sometimes add 20, 30, or even 40 pounds to their bench in just that one session. Before you have even taken the bar out of the rack, you need to put yourself in a position that is as advantageous for your unique structure and leverages as possible. Here are a few steps that can help you get into this position: Most lifters find it best to start the setup phase of the bench press in one of two ways. One of these ways is to lie down on the bench and push yourself back until your head hangs off the edge of the bench. How far off you hang your head will depend on the placement of the j-hooks (where the bar rests) in relation to the bench, so youll need to experiment if you choose this method. The other common way in which people start the setup phase is to actually sit up behind the bar, facing outwards toward their feet and the other edge of the bench. Benches are different everywhere, but most of them will allow you to get into this position without anything getting in the way.
The bench press, in its infinite glory is not the best exercise to show true strength. The dead lift, the physical act of pulling up as much weight as one can from the ground seems like a more fitting champion. Or what about the Olympic lifts, the movements that are competed on by athletes across the world on the greatest stage? Could even the dip be a more true testament of upper body strength than the bench press? Regardless of any of this, the bench press still holds a lure in our culture, and will for the foreseeable future be the only number that matures to recreational weight lifters. So how can you maximize your effort in the gym to make sure that your bench press numbers keep rising? Here are four simple steps that will surely help you add more weight to the bar.
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