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 “experts”, its hard to filter out the good versus the bad. In this article, we’ll break down scientifically proven ways to maximize your bench press gains, break PRs, and how to break through that bench press plateau.
There are 4 main components of getting full overhead shoulder mobility with optimal mechanics. These include:
1. Lumbo-pelvic control: poor motor control here will result in excessive extension of the Lumbar spine & Rib flare, which will give you a false sense of achieving full shoulder elevation.
2. Thoracic extension: THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT SPINE EXTENSION, the thoracic spine is responsible for 20 degrees of arm elevation, without extension here the scapula will not move properly. […]