How To Bench Press For Powerlifting

The greatest bench pressers of all time spend lots of time honing their bench pressing skills. Maybe you should too…

The bench press is the 2nd exercise after the squat in powerlifting competitions, but nr. 1 in popularity.

There’s no question that the bench press is the most popular exercise on this planet. There are even separate bench only competitions.

In the 50’s Canadian Doug Hepburn became the first man to bench 400, 450, and 500 pounds in nothing more than a t shirt.

In 1967 Pat Casey was the first lifter that pressed 600lbs.

All of these were done without a bench press shirt.

Then in 1985 Ted Arcidi benched over 700 for the first time in 1985 in a crappy bench shirt prototype. Arcidi’s shirt was 50% polyester and 50% regular cotton. It was  nothing like the bench press shirts of today.

Here’s a 10 second video that classic bench press record. Just see how easy it looks. Read More

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