As autumn sets in, it's time to switch up your fitness routine and focus on building strength. The bench press is a great exercise for building upper body strength, and with the right technique, it can be a valuable addition to your workout routine.
First, ensure that you have the right equipment, including a flat bench or alike and a barbell with weights that you're comfortable lifting. Lie flat on the bench with your feet on the ground and your shoulder blades retracted. Grasp the bar with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and lower it towards your chest in a controlled manner, keeping your elbows close to your body. Pause briefly at the bottom (tap the chest each rep, if you can't lower the weight), then push the bar back up to the starting position while shoulders remaining "retracted" and attached to the bench. Here is a quick demo video to help you better understand and start practicing your bench! TIP: Think "grounding" with your feet, push through the heels or toes to drive the weight up, tight core, this almost feels like your pushing your head to the end of the bench but remain steady and braced each rep.
Consistency is key to building strength, so make sure to incorporate the bench press into your routine regularly. Gradually increase the weight or number of reps over time to help you continue to build strength and progress towards your goals.
Proper form is crucial for avoiding injury and getting the most out of your workout. If you're unsure about the proper technique for the bench press, consider working with a personal trainer who can guide you and ensure that you're using the correct form. FREE DOWNLOAD BELOW!! GIVE MY CHEST BACK AND BI's WORKOUT! CLICK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD.
So, as the leaves turn and the weather gets cooler, take the opportunity to stay active and build strength with the bench press. With dedication, consistency, and proper technique, you can achieve your fitness goals.
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