• Fix Bench Press Weak Points



      Michael Schletter, CPT Men's Fitness

      Your workouts to this point have been great, and you're looking better than ever. Women love your arms, and your six-pack is envied by all. However, your weight hasnít increased in eight weeks, and your bench press numbers haven't budged in months. Instead of hammering away at your chest workouts with more and more sets and reps, use these three weak-point improving strategies to start seeing results today.

      The Issue: Weak Lats

      Truth is, even while benching, your back is engaged the whole time and your lats even help you move the weight. So without strong lats, your bench is doomed when it reaches a certain point, and may even go down due to other imbalances that could arise from not working your back.
      The Fix

      Superset your bench press with bent-over rows to give your back the strength it needs to keep assisting you with the bench press.

      The Issue: Sticking Points

      Have a buddy watch you or spot your bench press for a heavy set of three to five reps. Then have him tell you where he wanted to help you, as in where he felt you couldnít complete the rep. There are three common places: getting the weight off your chest, pushing through the middle of the range of motion (after your elbows reach a 90 degree bend), and the lockout at the top of the motion.

      The Fix

      For the first sticking point, work on your form. Make sure your shoulder blades are pulled back the whole time, giving you a platform to press from. For the second one, try doing a floor press, meaning a dumbbell or barbell bench press lying on the floor. Lastly, for the lockout, work on your shoulders with the standing overhead barbell press.

      The Issue: Shoulder Pain

      The bench press puts a huge amount of pressure on the shoulder, as if they didnít have enough to worry about already with your desk job and the position you sit in to write your boss an email. Add to this the fact that your shoulders are probably already unstable in the front, leading to tightness in the back, and youíve got serious problems.

      The Fix

      Regularly stretching your pec minor muscle can alleviate all the before-mentioned conditions. To do this, set up as you would for a normal pec stretch and perform a pressing motion with the arm, keeping the arm on the wall, until there is a 30-degree angle between your neck and arm. Then lean away until you feel a stretch in your shoulder and where your pec meets your shoulder.

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      Comments 5 Comments
      1. SoupNaziNazi's Avatar
        SoupNaziNazi -
        Your such a clown baby shoulders do absolutely nothing for bench press lockout, that's all tri's
      1. GLHF's Avatar
        GLHF -
        I use and approve all principles discussed here.
      1. SoupNaziNazi's Avatar
        SoupNaziNazi -
        Originally Posted by GLHF View Post
        I use and approve all principles discussed here.
        please explain to me how shoulder work will improve lockout on the bench? U probably bench baby weight
      1. Sputter's Avatar
        Sputter -
        Originally Posted by SoupNaziNazi View Post
        please explain to me how shoulder work will improve lockout on the bench? U probably bench baby weight
        Please tell me how you overhead press without working your tricep
      1. SoupNaziNazi's Avatar
        SoupNaziNazi -
        Originally Posted by Sputter View Post
        Please tell me how you overhead press without working your tricep
        I never said that but it's not a direct tricep movement clown baby

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