3 Hacks to Improve Your Bench Press

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The following is a guest blog by Jordan Syatt.

Right about here is where I’m supposed to insert a moronically generic article introduction about the bench press and how it’s the ultimate test of strength.

I’ll pass.

I like to bench press. You like to bench press. And, like most people, you probably want to learn how to bench press more weight.

Sound about right?

Perfect.

Bench Press Photo Credit / © Elitefts.com Inc

In this brief article I’m going to share with you 3 simple hacks that will drastically improve your bench press.

  1. Do NOT Pinch Your Shoulder Blades Together (as hard as possible)

I know this flies in the face of pretty much everything you’ve ever been told about the bench press so bear with me and allow me to explain.

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Athletic Horsepower

The following is a guest blog from Max Shank.

If you’ve been reading Bret’s blog for any length of time it should come as no shock that the glutes are massively important–and hopefully yours are massive, because it’s going to make you a better athlete.

Today I wanted to give you some simple actionable advice on how to better utilize those giant muscles.

In any athletic endeavour. hip extension is going to be the primarily important movement that dictates how strong and fast one can move. We often refer to triple extension as the cornerstone of athleticism, that is, the extension of the hips, knees, and ankles. This occurs in just about every athletic movement you can think of; running, jumping, swinging, punching, throwing, etc.

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Quit Going So Darn Heavy on Hip Thrusts: Train Your Glutes, Not Your Ego

Over 8 years ago I started hip thrusting and prescribing hip thrusts to clients (click HERE to read about the Evolution of the Hip Thrust and see over a hundred variations). It goes without saying that I’ve seen all types of hip thrusts – the good, the bad, and the ugly. In this article I want to discuss what I believe to be the most important aspects of hip thrusting.

If You Don’t Feel Massive Levels of Tension or Metabolic Stress in the Glutes, then What’s the Point?

There is no 1RM hip thrusting championship. You’re not going to go home with any award or trophy for setting a hip thrust 1RM record. Sure, it’s good for bragging points, but the purpose of hip thrusting is to build glutes.

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The Nordic Ham Curl: A Staple Exercise for Athletes

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In strength coaching circles, there’s a highly effective hamstring exercise that is well known to coaches, athletes, and sports medicine personnel.

The exercise has many names, including the Russian leg curl, Russian lean, Russian ham curl, kneeling Russian hamstring curl, Nordic ham curl, Nordic hamstrings, Nordic hamstrings lower, Nordic leg curl, Nordic reverse curl, glute-ham curl, bodyweight leg curl, natural hamstring curl, and bodyweight hamstring curl. The most common name used in the literature is the Nordic ham curl (NHC).

The Nordic Ham Curl (NHC)

These exercise variations typically involve kneeling on a pad and lowering under control while the ankles are held in place by a partner, a lat pulldown apparatus, a sit-up apparatus, a loaded barbell, a poor man’s glute-ham apparatus, or any other immovable object you can think of using. Here’s a video of my sister from several years ago busting out 3 reps.

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