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The Bench Press Arch: 4 Reasons Why You SHOULD Use It

God bless the internet. It gives everyone a platform to voice their opinion, whether others want to hear it or not. Particularly in the world of powerlifting, it provides plenty of opportunities to give unsolicited advice to other lifters about techinque.

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Technique Tuesday: Head Position During the Bench Press

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I never thought I’d have to tell people to keep their head on the bench during the bench press. That is, until it became a thing. Now every powerlifting meet I go to (besides USAPL and IPF where head lifting isn’t

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3 Strategies to Break Your Bench Press Plateau

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The bench press likes to stall hard and fast more than any of the other big barbell lifts. There’s less muscle mass involved during the bench compared to the squat or deadlift, so there’s less room for technical error and

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Technique Tuesday: Scapular Position During Pressing Exercises

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Scapular position during pressing exercises is crucial for strength and shoulder health. Should your scaps stay locked in one position? Should they move around? Some of both? The answer depends on what pressing exercise you’re doing. There are some crucial

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6 Ways to Improve Your Bench Press Lockout

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I used to think the bench press lockout was something raw lifters didn’t need to train. If you lifted raw and you missed at lockout, it was because you messed up something in your setup. Or so I thought. While the

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Technique Tuesday: Push Yourself Away from the Bar

“Push yourself away from the bar” is a common bench press cue that works great in theory, but gets butchered by many lifters. When done improperly, it not only saps you of strength but puts your shoulders in a potentially

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Technique Tuesday: What Should You Do Between Sets? (Bench Edition)

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Last week’s Technique Tuesday discussed what you should do between sets of squats, so naturally, this week focuses on the bench press. Remember, your “A2” exercise should do one of three things: Mobilize (in this case, thoracic spine mobility) Activate

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