If you have access to it, Bench Pressing is a wonderful way of building muscle in your upper body/ pectoral muscles. However, are you bench pressing correctly? Here are 3 ways to be a better bench presser.
When benching, breathing is a great tool to help stabilize yourself and improve performance on the bench. When lowering the bar to your chest, be sure to breathe in. Next, when lifting the bar back up, breathe out and use the “motion” to assist you with lifting the bar.
2. Grip width
A great way to add variety to your benching routine is to mix up how wide you grip the bar. Varying grips between a narrow/close, moderate, and wide grip helps target various muscle groups in different ways. This helps build a more complete upper body.
Even though your body is lying on a bench, feet are still important. Be sure to place your feet flat on the ground to keep your body steady. This helps your bench performance by “anchoring” your body to the ground. Additionally, keeping feet flat on the ground helps prevent any sudden movements and increases safety.
Now that you have these 3 tips down, you’re ready to go bench press!
~Written by James Wu