Bench Press

The bench press is a piece of equipment used for upper body strength training exercise consisting of pressing a weight upwards from a supine position. While exercising, you will be working the pectoralis major as well as supporting chest, arm, and shoulder muscles such as the anterior deltoids. Other muscles to benefit from this workout are: serratus anteriorcoracobrachialisscapulae fixerstrapezii, and the triceps. Using a  barbell to hold the weight is advantageous, but a pair of dumbbells can also be used.

The barbell bench press is one of three lifts in the sport of powerlifting(alongside the deadlift and squat). This is used extensively in weight trainingbodybuilding, and other types of training to develop the chest muscles.

bench press
1a bodybuilding and weightlifting exercise in which a lifter lies on a bench with the feet on the floor and raises a weight with both arms.
1raise (a weight) in a bench press.
“Josh can bench-press more than 400 pounds”

People performing this exercise should lie on their back on a bench with a weight grasped in both hands. Once in the correct position, they push the weight upwards until their arms are extended. Taking care to avoid the elbows locking because this can cause injury. When the arms are fully extended, they can then lower the weight to chest level. This is one repetition (rep).

Powerlifting: Taking the position on a flat bench, with body weight resting on buttocks and upper traps. You need to drive with your feet into the floor. As a result of this kind of movement, the weight will be taken at full arms’ length, lowered to the upper torso, paused, and then lifted to starting position.

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  • Bodymax CF325 FID Utility Bench

    Classic flat /incline bench
    Adjusts to 5 positions from flat to 90 degrees with chromed locator pins
    Incorporates dumbbell storage and convenient transportation wheels

    not rated £74.71
  • Gorilla Sports Weight Bench with Adjustable Barbell Rack

    Padded bench can be folded down for sit-ups
    Height-adjustable barbell rack
    Simple to fold for easy storage

    not rated £65.06£74.99
  • SportPlus Flat / Incline Workout Bench – Max. User Weight 130 kg – Foldable

    Versatile weight bench for effective dumbbell and upper body training.
    Individually adjustable foot, backrest and seat pads.
    Ideal for targeted fitness training of torso muscles on both the flat and incline bench.

    not rated £119.99
  • SteelBody STB-10101 Flat Weight Bench

    Purpose: Robust, versatile bench to combine with dumbbells or a rack | Fixed One-Position Design: Increases structural integrity
    Framework: Heavy duty 3 x 3 inch beefy solid steel | Upholstery: 2-inch-thick | Paint Finish: Chip resistant powder coated paint
    Stabilizers: No-tip balanced front and rear frame | Feet: Slip resistant load bearing rubber feet non-marking | Transport Wheels

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  • SteelBody STB-10105 Deluxe Adjustable Weight Bench

    Back Pad: 6 position adjusts from flat, incline & 70 degrees upright (decline not available) | Saw-tooth Hooks: Secures the back pad
    Seat Pad: Ergonomically grooved seat adjusts to 5 positions | Dual Steel Back Pad Supports: Even weight distribution for heavier loads
    Framework: Heavy duty 3 x 3 inch beefy solid steel | Upholstery: 2-inch-thick | Feet: Rubber slip resistant load bearing non-marking

    not rated £199.00
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    York Fitness 5 Seat Position Bench

    5 seat positions for workout versatility.
    Adjusts in seconds.
    Comfortable thick padded backrest and seat pad.

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  • York Fitness B530 Heavy Duty Incline and Decline Bench

    This heavy duty bench is well constructed with four position adjustable backrest (incline to decline)
    Features five position height adjustable seat and heavy duty 2 inch uprights
    Maximum load capacity of 200kg.

    not rated £119.99
  • York Fitness Heavy Duty 2 in 1 Barbell Bench & Squat Stand

    5 Position Adjustable Backrest – Decline through to Incline, Right up to 90 Degrees;
    Compatible with Standard 1″ Bars that are 5ft Long; Maximum Capacity: 250kg (551lbs);
    Adjustable Bar Rack Height: Lowest Position of 65cm (25.5″) and Highest of 132cm (52″);

    not rated £222.99
A conventional bench press uses pectoralis major muscle, anterior deltoid, coracobrachialis to horizontally adduct the shoulder. It also uses predominantly triceps brachii and anconeus to extend the elbows. Wider hand spacing places a greater emphasis on shoulder flexion and narrower hand spacing utilizes more elbow extension. Because of this, wider hand spacing is associated with training the pectorals and narrower hand spacing is associated with training the triceps. In addition to the major phasic (dynamic) muscles, the bench press also uses tonic (stabilising) muscles: scapular stabilisers (serratus anterior, middle and inferior trapezius), humeral head stabilizers (rotator cuff muscles), and core (transverse abdominis, obliques, multifidus, erector spinae, quadratus lumborum)