🔥 WHY THE BENCH ARCH IS ACTUALLY NECESSARY👇
✅ YES You NEED to arch and I don’t care whether you’re against this statement or not, because if you are.. chances are you’re mistaking the “right way” to arch (through thoracic extension), with the “wrong one” (lumbar extension).
Implementing an Upper Back Arch (Thoracic Extension) when bench pressing ensures 3 very important things, as you can see from the drawings:
1) ✅ SAFETY: By locking your shoulderblades back together and holding them there for the whole movement, you’re preventing yourself from getting injured in the shoulders area.
2) ✅ STABILITY. Arching your upper back creates a strong “base” or muscle shelf where you can rest on, pushing your muscles against the pad. Glutes stay GLUED to the bench, and so do your feet.
✅ STRENGTH: this is simply the strongest way to bench press. By doing it correctly, you’re minimizing the chances of getting injured, which means you’re also able to load the exercise very heavy, therefore finally allowing yourself to build a strong and aesthetic chest.