The Bench Press
Everybody wants more muscle that is well-developed and lean. And of course we all want to burn as much excess body-fat as possible. Is there any body building exercise that can easily achieve these two objectives? The answer is a resounding – yes! In this second and last of two installments, I will show you the other best muscle-building, fat-burning exercise ever discovered. This exercise is – the bench press.
The 3 Benefits of the Bench Press
Benefit Number 1 – Develops Chest and Triceps Muscles – The bench press is singularly the best exercise hands-down for building the pectoral (chest) muscles and the triceps (the muscles opposite the biceps on the back of the upper arms).
Benefit Number 2 – Unleashes Elevated Testosterone Levels – The bench press activates the production of this important hormone. Once your testosterone level rises as a result of doing this exercise, all of your other muscle groups will respond and benefit as well by growing even more on that day when you exercise any other muscle group.
Benefit Number 3 – With Bigger Muscles, You Burn More Fat – As your muscles grow, so does the efficiency of your fat-burning metabolism. As your muscles develop, you turn your body into a fat-burning furnace. You will be able to burn fat for hours even while at rest after you have finished your weight training exercises.
The bench press works so well as a muscle developer and fat-burner because it is one of the few multiple-joint- exercises. A multiple-joint-exercise is a kind of exercise that produces more testosterone and accelerates more fat-burning by the fact that various major joints have to move together in sync. With the barbell bench press, the multiple joints are the shoulder and the elbow joints.
4 Tips for Doing The Bench Press Correctly
Tip Number 1 – Bring The Bar All The Way Down To The Chest – When you lower the bar, make sure that it lightly grazes your chest just above the nipple area.
Tip Number 2 – Keep The Abdominal Muscles Tight – By slightly tensing the ab muscles, you help to stabilize the control of the upward and downward movement of the bar.
Tip Number 3 – Don’t Arch The Back – If you are arching the back, you are incorrectly shifting the stress to the lower back muscles. Keep the back close to the surface of the bench.
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Yours in health,
“The 12-Week Fitness Guru”