The bench press is the king of lifts for bar stars, Globo Gym thugs and weekend warriors, and you’re likely to see a chest-thumping bench-off go down every hour in every gym in the world. Despite the popularity of the bench press, most people don’t know how to do it with good technique.
Commonly known as a chest exercise, the bench is actually a full-body movement when performed correctly. Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell has coached 30 athletes to a bench of 700 lb. or more, and he shared a few secrets with CrossFitters at the first Powerlifting Cert, Dec. 18-29, 2009.
With Westside athlete Travis Bell (770-lb. PR) on the bench, Louie and A.J. Roberts explain how to set up for a press and use all parts of your body to get the best results. Heed Louie’s advice, and you’ll be well on your way to crushing Linda the next time you find her on the whiteboard.
Video by H5 Productions.
Additional reading: The Holy Trinity of Strength Training by Bill Starr, published May 27, 2009.