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A while back I got the following email:

It's safe to say that, in the US at least, the bench press is one of the favorite exercises of most trainees (especially males). Let's face it, if someone finds out if you lift, their first question is invariably 'How much do you bench'?.

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After my article on Benching with the Pecs, I got a follow-up question on a forum about pec activation, someone had mentioned looking for tips before and come across the old Vince Gironda bench press to the neck. This type of bench is often used by bodybuilders to 'isolate' the pecs. It's also a great way to ruin your shoulders forever.

In any case, I wanted to do a brief piece on the different 'styles' of bench pressing that are most commonly used; my lovely assistant Sarah (who is apparently also IronMan, don't tell anybody) will be demonstrating once again.

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There are a lot of problems people have in the gym but one of the more common is the complaint of 'I can't feel my pecs when I bench'. In the majority of cases, this is simply because the person was never taught to bench press and use the pecs.

Some gurus even go so far as to say that the bench press sucks for chest development, which usually means that

  1. They never learned how to use the pecs while benching.
  2. They never figured out how to teach anybody to use the pecs while benching.

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A commonly made argument is that there are no isolation or machine hamstring exercises that also work the glutes/posterior chain. This is usually claimed in articles that describe the Glute-Ham Raise exercise (GHR) which is a semi-isolation movement that does both).

It's also incorrect.

And since not everybody has access to a proper GHR machine, and since you can't always do certain exercises when your low back is already tired, it's nice to have another movement to either rotate in or use as a secondary exercise to train the glutes and hamstrings. I also like this exercise because it hits the often ignored biceps femoris short-head (which only crosses the knee) while also hitting the glutes.

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