Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bench Press (Barbell BowFlex)

Muscles worked: This exercise emphasizes the chest muscles (pectoralis major). It also involves the front shoulder muscles (anterior deltoid, a portion of the middle deltoid) and the triceps, which are located on the back of the upper arm.
Pulley position: Low pulleys only.
Starting Position:
• Begin by adjusting the bar harness so that you are under tension when you initiate the pressing motion. NOTE: Not everyone is built to perform the bench press with the bar touching the chest! The harness adjustment should limit the range of motion so that your elbows travel only slightly behind your shoulders if at all.
• Lie flat on the bench with your legs toward the Power Rod®. Slide your head and shoulders up under the bar to get into position. The cable/bar harness should lie against the underside of your arms.
• Warning: Never adjust the bar so tightly that you have to "squeeze under it" to get into position. Always adjust the bar with the harness so you can move freely into and out of the position.
• Place your feet either on the floor or up on the frame of the machine.
• Position your upper arms away from your torso so that your elbows are pointing out at each side.
• Raise your chest and slightly "pinch" your shoulder blades together. Maintain a very slight, comfortable arch in your lower back.
• Slowly press the bar upward until your upper arms are straight, but do not lock the elbows.
• Slowly lower the bar, returning to the starting position.
• Keep your chest muscles tightened during the entire motion.
Key points:
• Do not lift your hips off the bench.
• Keep your hands over your shoulders at all times.
• For normal pressing/pushing patterns of movement you may choose to allow the shoulder blades to "float" forward and backward naturally with the arm movement, or for increased pec involvement you may keep the shoulder blades "pinched" together throughout both the upward and downward movements.