Why is Elbow Flaring Bad For Bench Press? (Explained!)

Why is Elbow Flaring Bad For Bench Press

Has elbow flaring, long thought to be the nemesis of bench pressing, truly earned its bad reputation? You’ll typically hear that flaring your elbows when bench pressing is inefficient, plus it will also place undue stress on the shoulder joint. And yet, you’ve probably seen countless trainers, experts, and YouTube wannabes consistently bench press with … Read more

Bench Press Lock Out Guide: When to Lock Out, When to Leave Some Slack

A Man Performing the Bench Press in a Gym

Bodybuilders who train for hypertrophy typically don’t lock out on bench press. This allows them to keep constant tension on the pecs. However, powerlifters who train for strength generally do lock out. This allows for full range of motion, plus the additional stress placed on the bones can actually lead to new bone growth. So, … Read more

What Type of Bench Press is Best For Shoulders? (Revealed!)

What Type of Bench Press is Best For Shoulders

If you step into any fitness center, regardless of the time, you’ll usually find the bench press section brimming with passionate weightlifters. Let’s face facts, the bench press is probably the most popular exercise ever invented. However, if you’re someone who benches regularly you may have noticed issues with your shoulders. This could be aching … Read more

Why is it Harder to Bench Press With Long Arms? (Explained)

Why is it Harder to Bench Press With Long Arms

The majority of weightlifters who have long arms would concur that executing a bench press is significantly more challenging than for those with shorter limbs. And unfortunately, they are right, as having long arms will put you at a disadvantage when it comes to bench pressing. So, I’d like to discuss why benching is harder, … Read more

Why Does My Shoulder Pop When I Bench Press? (4 Popping/Clicking Facts)

Why Does My Shoulder Pop When I Bench Press

You’ve probably wondered about this before, “What causes my shoulder to make a popping sound when I’m doing a bench press?” However, shoulder popping or clicking during the bench press is actually a common occurrence. More often than not, the popping isn’t accompanied by any pain, but it certainly doesn’t feel right. Then again, perhaps … Read more

Are Dips Better Than Bench Press? (5 Dips vs. Bench Press Facts)

Are Dips Better Than Bench Press

One question that often perplexes many of us is, “Do Dips Surpass Bench Press?” Dips and bench press are probably the two “go-to” chest exercises. In fact, they provide pretty much everything you’ll ever need for overall chest development. However, whereas the bench press is probably the most popular exercise in the gym, it isn’t … Read more

How Do I Keep My Scapula Retracted When Benching? (4 Factors to Consider)

How Do I Keep My Scapula Retracted When Benching

In order to keep your scapula retracted when benching you must initially ensure that you get yourself into position correctly. Many lifters make the error of shrugging the shoulder blades, as opposed to actually pulling them back and down. You can practice the perfect position by performing band pull aparts prior to benching. Once you … Read more

Why Can’t I Keep the Bar Straight When I Bench Press?

Can’t Keep Bar Straight Bench Press

The most common reason for an inability to keep the bar straight is that you haven’t retracted your shoulder blades evenly. This will typically mean that one arm is “longer” than the other when you grip the bar. More often than not, this is a mobility issue that can be fixed by foam rolling and … Read more

Can Bench Press Stunt Your Growth? (4 Factors to Consider)

Can Bench Press Stunt Your Growth

I was indeed astonished to figure out the sheer number of individuals who are curious to find out if bench press can impede your growth. However, it appears that many youngsters, and indeed parents, are worried about the impact lifting weights may have on height. I guess there has been a long-held belief that children … Read more