⭕️ WHY YOU NEED TO ARCH WHEN BENCHING
After a super extensive post rampage on shoulders (scroll down my feed to find more), I think we’re ready to understand how the arch actually “saves us” when benching. –
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, with the “wrong one”.
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 lockig your shoulderblades back together and holding them there for the whole movement, you’re preventing yourself from getting injured in the shoulders/tendons areas.
✅ 2) STABLILITY. 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 also able to load the exercise very heavy, therefore finally allowing yourself to build a strong and aesthetic chest!