Whetu Haanraads. Bench. May 23rd , 2017.
The bench press, in its infinite glory is not the best exercise to show true strength. The dead lift, the physical act of pulling up as much weight as one can from the ground seems like a more fitting champion. Or what about the Olympic lifts, the movements that are competed on by athletes across the world on the greatest stage? Could even the dip be a more true testament of upper body strength than the bench press? Regardless of any of this, the bench press still holds a lure in our culture, and will for the foreseeable future be the only number that matures to recreational weight lifters. So how can you maximize your effort in the gym to make sure that your bench press numbers keep rising? Here are four simple steps that will surely help you add more weight to the bar.
This may be perceived as the silliest step in getting a bigger bench, but it may actually be the most overlooked. Chalk is generally seen as an aid in only pulling movements, but its beneficial effects can be seen in pushing movements as well.
To put it simply, you need to train in the 3-6 rep range to get the best strength and power results. Also remember, you train for strength, you don't test for strength. Going for one rep max's every week will not help you increase your strength, rather it will be extremely taxing on your central nervous system. Train for the strength, don't test for it.
Many contemporary styles of benches are desired but these aren't what you visualize when you hear someone say the word bench. Take for instance, an arbour bench or a tree bench. A bench for potting flowers is wonderful with a few planter boxes and allows you to keep all your gardening tools altogether as well as displaying your beautiful creations. Arbour benches make your garden space beautiful and convenient. A tree bench, also known as a curved around the tree bench, makes your landscaping the centerpiece of your home. The tree bench beckons everyone to sit and gather around.
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