I have a new video for you that covers three simple, but HIGHLY powerful, bench press technique tips.
These few basic tweaks can help you lift more weight INSTANTLY – and get a lot more out of the exercise in the long run.
** Important to note – I am a fan of basic barbell training, but I believe it is MOST effective when used in conjunction with kettlebell lifting and body weight exercises.
As an example, we use the bench press – along with the back squat – in my Barbell / Kettlebell Hybrid Training 2.0 program as our two “main” lifts, and then we add in kettlebell and body weight movements such as:
– bottoms-up KB presses
– pull ups
– advanced planking variations
And more for a balanced program that helps you get strong AND powerful AND ripped at the same time.
On to the bench press technique tips:
3 Simple – but POWERFUL – Bench Press Technique Tips!
1 – Get your feet on the ground
I see a lot of folks put their feet up ON the bench when doing the exericse. When it comes to lifting the maximum amount of weight, this is not ideal. You want to have your feet on the ground so you can use your lower body to stabilize yourself and actually assist with the move.
2 – Get a proper grip width
Hop down in to a push up position without thinking about it. That’s probably going to be the most efficient hand width / grip for YOU when you are bench pressing.
3 – Bring the bar low and keep the elbows tucked
Bar is low as it comes down – below the nipple line. This will help you press more weight. And, also keep the elbows tucked, NOT flared out to the sides … this will help you lift more weight as well, and will also be easier on the shoulders.
I hope those bench press technique tips help you lift more weight, get more out of the exercise in the long run, and stay injury – free!
Also, be sure to check out my Barbell / Kettlebel Hybrid Training 2.0 workout if you liked this video – it’s a full 6 week program that incorporates bench pressing with kettlebell work and basic body weight movements to get you strong AND powerful AND ripped at the same time.
Thanks, train hard, and talk soon –
– Forest Vance, MS, RKC II