Chest Exercises

Bench Press Seminar 6: The Bar Squeeze

If you want to generate more force, don’t just press. Squeeze.

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Grasping the bar as tightly as possible will activate the neighboring musculature, initiating a domino effect of neuromuscular engagement throughout the body.

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BENCH PRESS SEMINAR 3: Stop Stretching

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A tight, crushing grip imposed on the bar will ignite the muscles of the arms, rotator cuffs, shoulders, upper back and traps, creating intramuscular tension, which will account for more total force production. On your next heavy set, imagine crushing your fingerprints into the bar.

The bench press is an equal opportunity lift. The more muscle involved the better. A tight grip does the job and makes the weight feel lighter in your hands.

Josh Bryant, MFS, CSCS, PES, is the owner of JoshStrength.com and co-author (with Adam benShea) of the Amazon No. 1 seller Jailhouse Strong. He is a strength coach at Metroflex Gym in Arlington, Texas, and holds 12 world records in powerlifting. You can connect with him on Twitter and Facebook or visit his website at www.joshstrength.com.

Next Week: Bench Press Seminar 7: Hand Spacing

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