We’re all blithely aware of the joke that Monday is international bench press day in gyms around the world. You commonly see a couple guys training together – one using less than stellar form trying to bench press more than he can properly handle while his workout partner “spots” him while chanting, “It’s all you, bro! It’s all you! I’m barely touching the bar!” (Important service announcement: if you’re bench pressing and someone touches the bar – no matter how “lightly” – before you lock it out, it most certainly was not “all you.”)
Regardless of the jokes and debates (e.g., is it really “functional”) about the bench press, it’s a great exercise. The standing barbell press is too, but we’ll get to that later.
Before we get to the how-to videos, let’s discuss the pros and cons of the barbell bench press.