• Build Chest And Abs At The Same Time


      by Nick Nilsson, Brink Zone

      The bench press…a key movement for your chest that, ironically enough for some people, doesn’t even work their chest all that well!

      THIS version of the dumbell bench press is going to force continuous tension on your chest while placing TREMENDOUS tension on the abdominals as well… (you’ll see why in a second).

      The Back-Off-Bench Press is a unique movement for the chest that LOOKS like a standard dumbell bench press…until you look a little closer. You’ll be doing the bench press with your upper back hanging off the end of the bench!

      And while it is true that you’ll be forced to use less weight than in a normal bench press, I found this technique basically FORCED the pecs into continuous tension. I got a GREAT pump using lighter dumbells and hit the core at the same time (and especially the rectus abdominus six-pack muscles).

      This exercise is really the ideal beach body exercise…chest, abs and arms all in one shot
      Don’t let that “beach body” thing fool you, though…this exercise is VERY tough and actually very valuable. It’s definitely one I’m going to be including in my training more often.

      To perform this one, you’ll need a few things for the set up…dumbells (they don’t need to be heavy), a bench and something to brace your legs under. I used a power rack with a loaded barbell set on the rails to brace my legs on and that worked perfectly (Smith machine will actually be useful for this). You can also use just about anything else you can think of that you can brace your legs under…even a partner pushing down on your knees, if that’s what you’ve got.

      Here’s what my setup looked like…a flat bench inside the power rack with the barbell set in the rails at about hip height. You’ll need to adjust the bench position under the bar, depending on how it feels when you’re doing the exercise. I’ve got the bar basically over the midpoint of the bench.

      The first time you do this, start with LIGHT weight until you get a feel for the exercise. If you’re using the rack setup, just set a couple of plates on the bar to keep it from coming up.

      This is one of the ONLY times I’ll ever recommend you set your feet on a bench for bench pressing…in a normal press, you need the stability of your feet on the floor. In this version, your knees will be locked under the bar, giving you stability there.

      Grab your dumbells. I’m using a pair of 65 lb db’s in the demo here.



      Stand up and set the dumbells on end on your thighs.



      Sit down on the bench then shuffle yourself forward so that your hips are a bit closer under the bar. Again, you’ll need to experiment to get the position right for you.



      Raise one leg up and brace it under the bar. Then get the other leg up. If you’ve got a partner to hand the weights to you, this will be even easier – just get into position on the bench first, then have them hand the dumbells to you.



      Lay back on the bench and feel for where your upper back is. With the moderate weights I’m using, I had the end of the bench right in the center of my shoulder blades. Make sure you have at least that much of your upper back off the end of the bench.



      Now bring the dumbells back and into position for the bench press. THIS is where your abs are going to fire HARD and stay contracted HARD for the duration of the exercise. It’s also the reason why the pecs are going to be contracted continuously…your back has nothing to brace on, therefore even at lockout, the pecs are forced to contract to stabilize and hold the weight.

      Taking the back support away places HUGE demands on the entire upper body.



      Now press up. Do this exercise at a moderate pace, under control the whole way. You’re using lighter weight so go for FEEL with this one and squeeze the pecs at the top. Your abs will contract no matter what you do here



      The first time you do this, the weight will be something you’ll need to adjust. Go up to about half of what you’d normally use for a heavy set of dumbell bench press and do 6 to 8 reps with it.

      When you’re done, you can either just drop the weights to the floor (which most gyms don’t like), or move them back up onto your thighs then use your knee-bracing to do a sit-up.



      Then just stand up and set your dumbells down and you’re good.



      That’s the exercise!

      Like I said, try it with a lighter weight the first time you do it but definitely give it a try if you’ve got the equipment to do it – I was very impressed with how strongly this targets the pecs and the core.

      It’s a nice alternative when maybe your joints are a bit beat up for doing heavier benching and you still want a strong pec workout or if you want to get the incredible abdominal work you’ll get from it without the repeated spinal flexion of a crunch or sit-up movement.

      Source: http://www.brinkzone.com/exercise-pe...body-exercise/
      Comments 7 Comments
      1. schizm's Avatar
        schizm -
        Reminds me why I liked doing DB presses on an Ab/swiss ball (until it popped 2 years ago), constant tension/forces the chest up...I need to go pick up another one...
      1. WhatsaRoid?'s Avatar
        WhatsaRoid? -
        That looks perfect for me, ill try that soon and report back. Thanks for sharing
      1. Knotch's Avatar
        Knotch -
        Saw this on the GymJones site a few years back. Except it was with one kettlebell and your back wasn't supported as much.
      1. EasyEJL's Avatar
        EasyEJL -
        I think he was showing it has to be at least that much off, but can be further if your core can cope. i'm definitely trying these next week
      1. David Dunn's Avatar
        David Dunn -
        Danger Will Robinson! Sorry to be a pessimist but this is not a good idea IMHO. A poor core strength in many lifters is going to cause this whole stabilization process to fail and the upper middle back to neck is going to be at very good risk of serious injury, if not just muscular, thoracic and cervical vertebrae. Not to mention the form failures, for the sake of heavier weight, that are going to cause hip flexor injuries as well. Proceed at your own risk. JMHO
      1. GuyverX's Avatar
        GuyverX -
        Similar to one of those old school dinosaur workouts from India I did one time.I can see why it would work though.Even though the Indian press was with a barbell you had to basically do like one of those bridges on the floor and do the press from there.I had been doing the regular bridges for a long time so I was strong enough to do it.It was a pretty good press for the chest. Dumbells would have probably worked better.I think the author of the book was Chit Tun or someone like that.Got a lot of flack from friends about the dangers but I grew up in the ghetto. It was dangerous waking up in the morning, lolz.
      1. Resolve's Avatar
        Resolve -
        That looks unnecessarily complicated to me.

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