12 Easy Ways To Boost Your Bench Press (And Save The Shoulders)
There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling yourself becoming stronger and stronger on the bench before a pesky shoulder injury ruins everything. Even experienced powerlifters suffer from the same problems. However over at Breaking Muscle, they have 12 great ways you can keep smashing the bench press and remain injury free. Following these guidelines are guaranteed to help you become better, stronger and much more connected as a whole unit when lifting weights:
1. Squeeze the Glutes
There is no lift you will do in the gym that cannot be improved by squeezing the glutes. The bench press is no exception. Want to know what this is meant to feel like? Get yourself into a plank and squeeze like hell. Now replicate that feeling on the bench.
What is it about the fact that you are lying down that makes people forget to breath? I don’t know, but I see it all the time. Make sure you go through the same bracing and breathing sequence as with any other lift.
3. Tighten the Lats
If there’s any kind of wobble on the bar (and there often is), it’s most likely because you need to work harder through the lats. The easiest way to get those suckers to join the party is to think about pulling the bar apart. Seriously, if you do one thing, do this. It will have a massive impact on your lift and you’ll instantly feel more stable in the movement.
Check out the rest of this brilliant article here, I promise you won’t regret it. Remember, you already have the strength inside you to take it to the next level – you just need to find it. The secret, as explained in this post, is getting everything to work in unison.
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