The barbell bench press is arguably one of the most effective movements in developing strength and power in the upper body. Itโ€™s a great way to train the primary pushers of the upper body, including the pectoralis group, the deltoids, and the triceps. Despite the bench press being such a vital movement to help with horizontal pushing, it is one of those movements that every now and then will be limited secondary to shoulder pain, frequently in the front part of the shoulder. If bench pressing creates irritation in your shoulder, the answer is not to avoid bench pressing for 6 weeks and hope that you will magically be capable of bench-pressing pain-free again. The worst thing to do is nothing, which would lead to weakness and potentially creating more of an issue. This article will take you through 3 steps to allow you to bench press without shoulder pain.

The bench press is perhaps the most recognized and famous upper body exercise. It has been suggested the bench press has its roots dating back to ancient greek times. For over hundreds of years there have been countless discussion inside and out of gyms regarding training tips, myths, and actual scientific facts. With so much information coming in and out of the gym from โ€œexpertsโ€, its hard to filter out the good versus the bad. In this article, weโ€™ll break down scientifically proven ways to maximize your bench press gains, break PRs, andย how to break through that bench press plateau.