🚨BREATHING WHEN BENCH PRESSING
✅ Bench Press Breathing & proper set up.
This is CRUCIAL when you bench, since it can literally make or break your technique (together with a few more important steps such as leg drive, arching, bar path & arm angle).
As we unrack the bar, set up our shoulders & the rest of the body for the lift, it’s very important to take a deep breath in before the descent in order to create tension in our upper body to keep our chest high against the load of the barbell coming down.
Diaphragmatic breathing or chest breathing? Personally I do a mix of both:
You don’t want air only since you still want to stabilize your lower back, but you also don’t want to have air because your shoulder/upper back set up can collapse depending on the load you’re using.
You only exhale once the rep is completed (Just like you should be doing when squatting and deadlifting) at full elbow extension.
This tip, together with the leg drive should create a super strong set up to push big weights from: which should be your goal regardless of the style of training you do. You wanna get stronger.
3rd slide is my 140kg bench done yesterday for a single: Here I’m using these cues. Notice how my form doesn’t break at any point of the rep, although attempting a max out.