After today's bench press WOD you may be thinking about the bench press. What's the ideal way to do this thing? I asked James to take his shirt off so that we could see how he does it. He gets set up on the bench, sets his feet hard against the floor, then scoots way back on the bench. (Spotter, get out of the way!) He then winds up the tension with a backbend before setting himself back down on the bench. Once he is set to press, his butt is touching the bench at all times, his chest is up, he is pressing his traps into the bench, and he is trying to break the bar in half. That tension gets wound up tight at the bottom of the press, ready to drive up.
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