September 19, 2019

Bench Press Form (ARCH OR NO ARCH?)


What’s up guys? Jeff Cavaliere, ATHLEANX.COM. Today I’m going to show you how, on the Bench
Press you can instantly increase the weight that you’re pushing the very next time you
do this exercise. But you might be employing a technique that
some people don’t really agree with. I’m going to talk to you today about arching
your back during the Bench Press. And whether or not it’s a good thing and whether
or not, it’s something you should be doing, specifically depending upon your own anatomy. Now we know that in the Powerlifting competitions
the Bench Press is really going to be judged on your ability to keep your butt on the bench
and your shoulder blades on the bench. They don’t necessarily care about what happens
to your middle back. And a lot of guys took advantage of that idea
and they allowed themselves to push more weight because they essentially shortened the distance that their arms and the bar has to travel
if they arched their back way up and they get their chest way out in the air, and up
in the air. There’s a shorter distance for the bar has
to travel. So for them that might be their purpose. I’ve seen a lot of guys though in the Powerlifting
community really really jeopardize their low back because they do extreme amounts of extension
through their Lumbar Spine. So as a guy who’s not competing, I’m assuming
you’re not a Powerlifter watching this channel right now, we have to determine whether or not it’s a
good thing for you. And I can tell you, there is going to be a
circumstance where arching your back, at least a little bit is going to help you, to not only get much much stronger on the
Bench Press but to develop your chest better, especially if you have a flatter chest. Now as a guy who does not have the greatest
chest in the world. I can tell you that these are some of the
techniques that I’ve had to employ to try to continue to improve my gains and physique. The benefit here of doing an Arch Bench Press,
as I’m going to show you in a second, is it allows us to temporarily overcome our own
anatomy. You see, because if you look at the chest,
this is a key you have to understand, is that the muscle is a fan shaped muscle that sits
right here. We have a lot of fibers, most of fibers here
of the chest start down low and head up towards the shoulder, ok. All the way up here in the attachments. So we have a lot of our fibers coming up at
an angle like this. We have some that come straight across from the Sternum. We have a few that come down, ok, from the
Clavicle and down. And they all head in the same direction. Understanding that again, the mass of the
chest, the majority of the mechanical fibers and the tension that they can develop is coming
from below, not in line with our Humorous, with our upper
arm bone, when we perform a Bench Press, you’re realize
that you’re not really ever mechanically putting your chest at the most advantage possible, if you have a flat chest, like I do. So what
you have to do is you have to try to create a larger chest, help elevate those fibers,
get them into more position where they can help. Well, if you go back here to the bench and
you look and you set up, you realize that I don’t have all that much leverage here when
I do, with my shallower rib cage and flatter chest,
to get much force here on the Bench Press. Alright, as my arms travel in line with that
middle of the chest. However, when I arch my back here, expand my rib cage, what I’ve done is I’ve taken these lower fibers
and I’ve moved them back towards the shoulder, up and back more in line with my Humerus. So now I get way more, way more fiber activation
here and involvement, mechanically putting them in a better position to exert their force. So right now from here, not only have I done
that, I’ve also stabilized my shoulder blades up against the bench and I haven’t excessively arched my low back,
I’ve just created a somewhat deeper chest. From here again, now there’s a little bit
shorter distance but not much. I can definitely push with a lot more force. Because again, I’ve involved a lot more of
the chest musculature by being able to put it into a better mechanical advantage to help. So is it a good thing or a bad thing? It’s
a YOU thing, it’s an individual thing. If you happen to have those shallower chest,
give it a try. I bet you you’re going to see a better result from your Bench Pressing, not just in terms of your strength but overall
in your development as you accumulate more and more workouts. And if you’re a guy who’s already got a really
big chest, you know, you don’t necessarily need to worry about it. You certainly don’t need to excessively drive
yourself into extension because that could cause some problems. So, hopefully this video you found helpful.
It explains again, sort of the nuances of this particular Cheat, you know on the Bench
Press, of whether or not it’s one that you want to
use or not. At the end of the day here guys, my job is
to help you to get more out of your training. And I can help you to do that guys, our whole
programs are geared on finding where you’re at now and then leading you down that path. The path to improvement. Wherever it is, wherever
you are now, it doesn’t really matter. The most important thing is that you’re better
tomorrow than you are today. And again, as your Coach I have to make sure
I can get you there. And whether it be through tips like this or
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