Questions tagged [bench-press]

An exercise where the athlete lays with their back flat on a bench (or other surface) - that is either parallel to the ground, or at an angle - and their feet on the floor, while lifting a weight (or set of weights) from their chest straight up (perpendicular to the floor).

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Effect of band around arms when bench pressing

I worked out with some guys at my gym last night that introduced me to wearing a band just above the elbows (on the humerus) Below is a picture that partially resembles how I wore the band. Imagine ...
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why do we need more rest when lifting heavy?

in relation to this question below: possible paths to increase bench press from 140kg (308 lbs) to 160 kg (352 lbs) - for 1o reps rest time which is around 48-72 hours at the level you are, or ...
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Is bouncing when lifting dangerous?

Some books recommend a gentle bounce when bench pressing or squatting. This feels wrong to me. It feels safer and more controlled to come to a complete stop, then start up again. What should I do?
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Why big weight bench press makes me feel less sore?

The following is one experiment I have done: Bench press to exercise my chest. Method One: 50KG, 8~10 reps, 10 sets. During the next two days, my chest muscle did not feel as painful and sore as I ...
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Bench pressing when your feet are not touching the ground: dangerous? Risks?

I recently bought a cheap bench and just set it up. You get what you pay for I guess: the construction is quite flimsy. Furthermore the bench seems just a bit too high off the ground. As such when I ...
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Will incline press target shoulders more than chest?

In madcow 5x5, it states you can substitute incline press for overhead press, which focuses on the shoulders. Does this mean incline press works shoulders primarily, too? I am confused here, I thought ...
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Pullup Bar & Bodyweight exercises

First of all my excuses if this question seems stupid. I'm 19 years old and have a friend who is the same age as I do. He has been going to the gym for about 1,5 year, where he is mainly lifting ...
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How to strengthen my triceps for dumbells bench?

I do dumbells bench press on Tuesday, and my triceps on Saturday. I would have expected my triceps not to limit my bench press practice anymore, but instead, they didn't have a positive effect. Worse: ...
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Incline or Flat Bench First? Dumbbell or Barbell First? Why?

I've been following a weightlifting workout where the chest workout is in this order: barbell incline chest press dumbbell incline chest press barbell flat chest press I've seen incline ...
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Stronglifts 5x5- How can I catch up on weak dead lift and bench?

I've started stronglifts 5x5 about 7 weeks ago. I have started out with a completely empty bar (20kgs) and moved up to the following: Squat 105Kg, Deadlift 102.5Kg, Bench 62.5Kg, OH Press 55Kg, Row ...
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Bench press - unracking bar bell

What is the correct way to unrack the barbell when bench pressing? Should you attempt to almost slide it as opposed to simply lifting it up? I know sliding is a lot easier if the hooks are flat but ...
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How to Isolate Initial Push on Bench Press

I am finding that the weak point of my bench press is the initial push, especially when doing heavy singles/doubles/triples. If I can move the bar the first six inches or so, then I can typically lock ...
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Expected progress for beginners in 6 months

I've started weight training a few weeks ago with light weights. 39 years, 189cm, 89kg, never trained before. Right now I'm doing 2 sets of 10 reps with 6.5kg dumbells in bench press. I can do more, ...
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Delavier: Is it correct to bench press with demi-reps?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc9dABOpu4Q is this a good execution? Can it hurt lumbaries? Is it correct to do demi-reps?
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I feel no burn from the bench press

I've been lifting on and off for years, and recently have returned to it. However the bench press has always been an exercise in which I encounter very little payoff or progress. Whenever I get a good ...
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how can I carry on doing heavy bench presses for a long time?

I do bench press twice a week. Tuesdays and Fridays. every week I do 180 Kg. I have been doing this for months now. OK I cycle every 6 weeks how I get to 90% or 100% but I keep it high. Sometimes ...
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Flat dumbbell press and incline dumbbell press (45°) [retraction,weights motion path]

How to retract my scapula? On YouTube people often show retraction in such a way that it creates an ass-crack in between the shoulder blades, but when I try to retract like them, I retract but such ...
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Can weighted Pushups replace Benchpress?

I've been training my upper body using only body-weight for a long time now, and I recently started using a weighted backpack with nice tight straps (~+30% of my body-weight) directly over my center ...
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My buddy benched 450, is this possible with no steroids?

Although he is a kind friend of mine and I do not believe him to be a steroid user or have seen any symptoms(back acne, packing on mass ridiculously fast, etc.), my buddy in the gym in my high school ...
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Shoulder pain after training - How to continue?

I started weight lifting training again after a pause of 5 years. I started really slowly, always did a good warm up (10 min cardio + first sets with reduced weight). After two months of training I ...
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Query on Guillotine press

I have been doing the guillotine press for two weeks due to the unavailability of an incline bench at my gym. I heard that it can cause serious rotator cuff injury when used long term. I wanted to ...
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Bench 225 in two months?

My current bench press 1-RM is close to 170 lbs. Is it possible to bring my 1-RM to around 225 lbs in just six weeks (without pills, steroids, etc.)? If not, how much could I increase my max by at ...
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Is it ok, if i put my leg up on the bench while bench press

If this position is wrong? and when bringing the weight down, Do i need to rest bar on my chest slightly?
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I bench and squat way more than what I deadlift?

So I am pretty confused here because my deadlift is supposed to be more than my bench and squat. Currently, my bench is 225 while my squat is 315. My deadlift is only 135. I don't know why this is. ...
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Is double-men deadlift or squat or bench-press common?

I'd like to try them out with my gym buddy, is it commonly done in the gym?
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Does proper incline bench form require pinched shoulder blades?

I know you're supposed to pinch your shoulder blades on flat bench - it feels proper. It used to feel fine on incline as well but the twice in the past two weeks (attempting PRs) I've felt ...
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Bench press - arm position

I fully extend my arms when bringing the barbell up from my chest, is this the correct approach or should they not be fully locked?
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Is arm shivering an indication that you need to reduce the weight you are lifting?

I'm pretty new to lifting (~1.5months) and I have been following the Bigger Leaner Stronger workouts. They mainly focus on high weight low rep training. The book asks you to lift about 70-80% of your ...
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Difference caused by grip width on bench press

Background I've been fooling around with some variation in grip width on the bench press lately. I've had a trainer help me find my "ideal" width, which I use most of the time. I.e. the width where ...
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Is it safe to bench press another person?

My bench max is 225, and I am seriously considering benching my 150 Ib friend at the gym. He says I can do it if I want. Is this safe, and what is the worst outcome. What is the likely outcome?
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Different benches in bench press

What are the pro's and con's of a bench which is softer (i.e. has more cusions) than one with a harder surface?
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Biceps pain during chest work

I have been working in the gym for a long time, 2 months due to my quarantine, I did cardio and some light exercises at home to stay active. I went back to the gym about 2 months ago, the first 2 ...
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Is the bench useless?

Apparently function of the tricep is also pulling the humerus back, and function of the chest is also pulling the humerus down. And Indeed pullovers are listen as both back and chest builders. And ...
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Stable shoulder position in bench press vs pushups?

When performing the bench press, usually you are advised to pinch your shoulder blades back and down in order to get your shoulder joint in the most stable/safe position. Also it's pretty common to ...
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Alternatives for Bench Press

My ophthalmologist advised me to avoid the bench press due to some strain in the eyes. But given the importance of bench press in body building and power lifting, avoiding bench press may have ...
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Wrist Position Bench Press vs. Overhead Press

Why does it seem to be okay to bend your wrist in an OHP (many many tutorials show it that way) whereas it's highly adviced (even from the same people doing these tutorials) to get your wrist in a ...
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What exercises can temporarily replace the barbell/dumbbell bench press?

I injured my shoulder rock climbing and I cannot bench press anymore as I get pain in that range of motion. Dumbbells are painful too. I can still overheard press fine, and I can do straight bar dips, ...
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Strength program

I am 29 and been working out for about a decade now and feel like i hit a point where my strength is not developing anymore. My total in squat, deadlift and bench was stuck between 1305 and 1350lbs ...
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Explosive bench press form

When I'm doing a regular bench press I have my shoulder blades slightly pinched together such that it raises my shoulders off the bench because I'm lying on them. I've felt like this gives me more ...
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Is a bench press with a swiss bar easier on the shoulders than with a standard bar w/ overhand grip?

It seems like I strain my supraspinatus too often when bench pressing with my standard bar w/ overhand grip; how do bench presses with a swiss bar compare using a grip parallel to my torso? Would ...
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hamstring pull when bench pressing

I was doing a 4RM on my bench press today, and on the last one (it felt like) it was moving about 1cm/hour. I got it up, but I felt my foot come off the floor and I pulled my hamstring. The hamstring ...
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Exercising assisting muscle then main muscle day after day? [closed]

So here is my question: Say on Monday you do the bench press and on Tuesday you do the shoulder press. Can this be okay or is it not enough rest because shoulders and triceps assist with the bench ...
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Is it normal to have a stiff neck after a dumbbell bench press 3 reps session? [closed]

Is it normal to have a stiff neck after a dumbbell bench press 3 reps session? I mean, I don't feel like moving my neck too much uptill some time after bench pressing. Is that normal?
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Bench Press Shirt? [closed]

Does anyone have any hands-on experience or advice on how to use the so called "Bench shirt"?
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Holding weights on bench press flyes

After my regular 4 sets of flyes, I do one more set with heavy weight stretching my pectorals as long as I can just like the image attached, Stretching can last 10 to 15 seconds depending upon the ...
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Bench press (starting strength by Mark Rippitoe)

"The pectoralis minor helps stabilize the rib cage into the arched position when the scapulae are anchored by the traps and rhomboids" How scapulae are anchored by traps and rhomboids? I didn't get ...
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giving the left shoulder a rest. can I train squats and\or the right arm?

Despite being cautious with the bench press I noticed I feel my left shoulder a bit more when I do reverse grip lat pull down as per the picture below. I was considering training the right arms and\...
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How do you make progress in two different pressing exercises at once? [closed]

How do I program both benching and dumbell overhead press with the goal of getting better at both?
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I have exactly one month and ten days to get in unbelievable shape

This will be my first and probably only post on here. I have physical fitness tests for my police program in Quebec, Canada, in exactly 1 month and 10 days as the title says. Tests are: -2,8km in ...
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Breathing during bench press (mark rippitoe)

“No breath taken during the set will involve the complete exchange of the full tidal volume of your lungs. This takes too long, requires too much relaxation, and is unnecessary. Breathing during the ...