This page includes two workouts which has variations of the bench press. The bench press is a fantastic upper body compound exercise that deserves its own workout.
Who is this workout for?
As the bench press is great for building up and strengthening the chest, shoulders and triceps. This workout is ideally suited to someone that wants to build up those muscles, especially the chest muscles. This workout includes variations of the bench press to fully work the upper, middle and lower pectorals.
Chest development can be a problem area for some people. Some individuals find it difficult to add muscle mass to the chest, if that’s you, give this workout a try.
Benefits from performing this workout
This will strengthen and build the muscles in your chest/pectorals and shoulders/deltoids, this workout will improve your upper body appearance and strength. The bench press is also great for working your triceps which is the largest muscle in your arm.
Perform a warm up consisting of light resistance exercises, for example, press ups or perform 1 or 2 sets of the bench press using a light weight.
|Bench Press |
|Bench press variations||Sets||Reps|
|Flat barbell bench press||4||10 - 15|
|Incline dumbbell bench press||4||10 - 15|
|Decline barbell bench press||4||10 - 15|
|Drop set flat barbell bench press||3||10 - 15|
This workout will probably cause delayed muscle soreness with 24 hours, to help prevent muscle soreness you can perform a few cool down exercises after completing the workout. Including stretching exercises for the pectorals, deltoids and the triceps.
- Use enough weight so that you are reaching muscle failure on the final reps.
- Get somebody to help you (spotter) it will greatly help with getting results and improve safety.
- Stretch after your workout to help avoid muscle tightness, and also to aid recovery.
- Don’t neglect training your back, see beginner back workouts.