The bench press is one of the primary lifts on which your strength is judged. For many gym goers, it’s also one of the first exercise people try and aim to get results on. It’s also one of the best exercises for your upper body and incorporates a range of muscles. It’s one of the big compound lifts, like deadlifts, military press and squats, that add to your overall size and strength.
Like those big exercises, form is key and will help you break through plateaus and up your lifting weight. Take note of these tips to improve your form and lift.
For a big lift like the bench press, you need to be mentally focussed, especially when lifting big weights. Leave your phone and home or in your gym back because if you let it distract you, you won’t have the focus and motivation there to perform a strong lift. Don’t waste your time at the gym, you’re there for a reason so get down to business or come back later when you’re in the right headspace.
This is linked to being focused. Think about what you are doing. Don’t bounce the bar off your chest, keep it controlled and push the bar up explosively. Don’t just go through the motions, but get angry at the bar and explode out of the lift.
Begin With Bigger Lifts
A proper warm up is extremely important and will help your lift significantly.…