“Why bench press?” Many times I see people undervalue benefits that the bench press has to offer. Although the bench press is a fairly simple movement it can provide huge benefits to many other movements when done correctly. For instance, the bench press when performed correctly can strengthen our overhead position and also help benefit some of our other pressing movements. The bench press also helps stabilization muscles like your lats, deltoids, rhomboids, and teres.
The most important thing to remember on this lift is tension and technique. If you lack tension and don’t know technique you’re likely to just lay down lift the bar out of the rack and start pressing away. There is much more to the lift that provides not only the stimulus we’re looking for but also will ensure we don’t do anything to injure ourselves.
What it boils down to is the bench press is really no different from any other exercise in strength training. When it’s done with perfect technique and utilized in your program to meet your overall goals, it’s definitely a valuable asset.Bill Starr
Overwork it or use sloppy form and it will become a detriment. It’s simply a matter of how you deal with the lift.
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Here’s a great example of the Bench Press from CrossFit HQ:
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