Posts Tagged ‘bench’

Why Your Bench Press Sucks

When it comes to the bench press, I see it almost all the time. Everywhere I go it seems like there is at least one person doing the bench press, or variations of it, all wrong. I’ve seen the issues that I’m about to detail below almost everywhere, from the large commercial gyms where everything…

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Build A Bigger Bench With Specialized Equipment: Part 2

In the first part of this blog post, we went over 4 different ways to bench press that could ultimately help you build a bigger bench. For the bench press, you can use a standard barbell, dumbbells, Swiss bar, or Duffalo bar as means towards that goal, and the reason you want to change things…

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Build A Bigger Bench With Specialized Equipment

Having a standard barbell is one of the most crucial elements for any gym to call itself, well, an actual gym. The one that you’re most likely to find is called an Olympic bar, weighing in at 44 lbs and 7.2 feet long; with loadable ends on either side of a 4.3 foot-long shaft. The…

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Move of the Week: High-incline Dumbbell Bench Press

The start of spring means that summer is just around the corner…so let’s get a head start on beach season by featuring something to develop a beach body! THE MOVE: High-incline Dumbbell Bench Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical/horizontal push: pecs, shoulders, and triceps. WHY DO IT: Well, of course we’re featuring a bench press variation…

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A Bench Press Program for a Bigger, Stronger Chest

Our love affair with the Bench Press continues here at Halevy Life. In an article for AskMen, Jeff Halevy has four workouts specifically meant to help you build a bigger and stronger chest. Be sure to get the ball rolling and read it here! Build A Bigger, Stronger Chest With This Scientific Workout. Happy Training!

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Move of the Week: Half-body Bench Press

Move of the Week time! Here’s another one to keep your workouts fresh and challenging. THE MOVE: Half-body Bench Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Horizontal push: chest, shoulders, core. WHY DO IT: The bench press has been getting a lot of love here on this blog lately. Well, here’s another to stoke the fire. Typically, bench presses are…

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3 Tips to Boost Your Powerlifting Total

When it comes to tests of raw strength, a powerlifting meet it one of the best ways to find out what you’re made of. It is also one of the most accessible, as I’ve seen everyone from the inexperienced to the experienced, from the stocky to the skinny, and from young to old–both male and female–find…

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Move of the Week: Close-grip Neutral-grip Bench Press

It’s August, so here’s a new edition of Move of the Week to kick off the new month! Today, we’re featuring a variation of everyone’s favorite exercise. Enjoy!  THE MOVE: Close-grip Neutral-grip Bench Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Horizontal pushing pattern: chest, shoulders, triceps, lats, upper back. WHY DO IT: It’s about time we featured another bench…

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Tapering for a Powerlifting Meet: Keep Things Simple

Are you guys ready to geek out a little bit? A research paper titled “Tapering Practices of New Zealand’s Elite Raw Powerlifters” was just published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Seeing that the rest of the team and I have done powerlifting meets in the past and that the barbell lifts are…

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How to Crush Your First Powerlifting Meet

Life’s been busy to say the least. I’m looking at the date right now, and just realized that it’s been over 5 months since I competed in my first powerlifting meet alongside my fellow coaches; a day that still seems like yesterday and one that I won’t soon forget. It was an exhilarating experience and…

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