The bench press has been the benchmark for machoism for a long time. ‘How much do you bench?’ is one of the most common questions thrown around in the gyms by beefed-up bros trying to prove their superiority.
The bench press is a compound exercise and takes some time to get better at. If you’re gearing up for a contest or want to build a ripped chest on a schedule, this article will help you put a few extra pounds on your bench press.
Lift Heavier Weights Instantly
Use Lifting Gear
Lifting accessories can be of great help in your workouts. Not only do they reduce the chances of injuries, but can also help you lift heavier weights. Lifting gear like wrist wraps, elbow supports should be a must in every serious weightlifter’s gym bag.
Modern weightlifting has seen the introduction of special bench press gear like the slingshot. Most people make the mistake of flaring out their elbows which can lead to a pec tear. Gym gear like slingshots can help eliminate this problem.
Perform Negative Reps
Negative reps are one of the best ways to increase your strength. You need a spotter to perform a negative rep. Make sure the spotter can handle the weights in case you fail a repetition.
Let’s say you have the target of lifting raw 200 lbs by the end of the month. Put on 200 lbs on the bar and ask the spotter to help you with the positive movement. Instruct the spotter to put in minimal help during the negative part. As you get stronger and feel more comfortable with the weights, eliminate the spotter on the negative and then the positive movement.
Ask for a Spot
Another way of getting stronger is to get a permanent spotter. Having someone to spot you gives you instant motivation and a confidence boost which can help you in lifting heavier weights.
If you don’t have someone to spot you at your gym, it is a good idea to sign up for personal training. Before you get yourself a personal trainer, read through this article. It will help you make a better decision.
Perform Heavy Isolation Exercises
Isolation exercises are a great primer for performing heavy compound exercises like the bench press. Isolation exercises allow you to have leverage by fixing a range of motion which can allow you to lift heavier weights.
You can lift heavier weights in isolation exercises as you don’t have to use your muscle stabilizers to balance the weights. Isolation exercises like the hammer strength chest press can help you in building strength which you can carry over to the bench press.
Fix Your Form
Many people fail to increase their bench press because they have the wrong form. Your form while performing the bench press has a big impact on how much weight you can lift. Following a powerlifter stance can help lift heavier weights.
Lie down on a flat bench with an arch in your back so only your shoulders and lower back are touching the bench. There should be enough space between your middle back and the bench that your hand could pass through it. Place your feet under your knees as doing this helps you in generating thoracic pressure.
How much do you bench?
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