The bench press is a fantastic upper body exercise that a lot of women struggle with.
One of the simplest and easiest ways to get stronger on bench press is to breath properly.
It is something that is very simple yet neglected during a bench press.
How should you breath while doing bench press?
Here is a simple rule, if the bar is moving you are not breathing.
If you are benching heavy (what I consider anything under 5 reps) it’s a good idea to not breath if the bar is moving.
Next time you bench press do this.
- Every rep at the start of the rep take a big breath into your chest (not your belly)
- Once you take a big breath then hold it.
- Keep your breath held until the rep is completed
- Re-breath again
- Do another rep
Something as simple as breathing can help increase full body tension and make your bench press stronger and safer.
Watch this video where I coach IPF PowerLifting Worlds Medalist Bev Sharpe through a bench set of 95 lbs for 5 reps.
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Coach Rob is the creator and owner of Women Who Lift Weights and Heavy Weights Training Center.
He is a Coach, Writer and Competitive Power Lifter.