The 10 Best Weight Lifting exercises: Bench Press

Please see a continuation of my top 10 weight exercises: where I give my opinion on some of my favourite exercises that have been a staple of my gym routine for many years.

I have a very traditional and basic attitude to weight training – you won’t see gimmicky exercises or “Wolverine Workouts” here.  If you have experience of weight training you have probably heard of most of my list.  I take the view to be the master of these 10 weight exercises, rather than do a new routine every week.

This week is Number 4:

Bench Press

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How much do you bench?

How much do you bench?

That is a question that always makes me cringe.  If we ignore the basic functionality of the bench press (how often do you lift a heavy item off your chest) – it usually illustrates to me that the person asking the question:

  1. Lacks gym/weight lifting experience – non-regular gym goers may ask this as they don’t know the name of any other exercises.
  2. Shows the askers immaturity – if you don’t believe me, note how often the bench press is the first thing all teenage boys seem to do first when they hit the free weight area.

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For some reason the bench press has developed a reputation of being the main measure of a persons strength, despite the fact that the bench press is focused on only working upper body strength.

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15 years of the gym

I realised the other day that I have been going to the gym for over 15 years.

It all started when my dad started encouraging me to join the gym he was going to.  I was a shy, quiet, overweight Eighteen year old.  I knew if I didn’t take action I was going to get fatter.

So I joined that day.  I never knew doing that would change my life forever.

 

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Being big vs being strong

I notice an emphasis on being ‘big’ on various fitness blogs.

I understand that us men have fragile egos and what better way to make a statement than becoming a big badass motherfucker like you see on the front of Flex magazine.

For the weight training beginner the logic is:

big = lift heavier

And if you ever watched World’s strongest man, that is generally the case. Continue reading “Being big vs being strong”