Who really cares how much you bench?
Not me though if i lift a heavier weight it means i’m stronger which is a goal of mine - but powerlifters and guys in the NFL do care i would think.
For all the macho bodybuilders out there that think that pressing a lot of weight from a flat bench is the be-all and end-all of manhood, think again.
I don’t believe anyone really thinks that. In some societys killing a lion is a test of manhood - bench pressing - not so much.
Paul Chek states that “because the bench press is performed on a flat weight lifting bench, normal movement of the shoulder blades (scapulae) is disrupted. This demands that more movement must occur in the shoulder joint itself”
Ok - if thats what happens when we bench press thats fine - just be sensible when training. If its contra-indicated for an individual don’t do it or else strengthen rotator cuff etc in order to make it a safe movement if you have problems with it.
And just how much functional carryover will it have to your real-life anyhow?
“functionally” it’ll help me ?press things?, give me stronger pecs,delts and triceps?
Just how much pectoralis involment is there in typing on a keyboard or pushing a pencil?
Errr not much?
And if you’re one of the knuckleheads on this site that’d rather trade pain free shoulders for a nice set of pecs,
I would’nt - i had really sore shoulders then i stopped stretching them and now they’re great - i can bench press pain free now that they’ve tightened up.
try pressing whilst lying on a swiss-ball. (see attached image) Your shoulders will thank you for it.
no thanks - that sounds dangerous with any appreciable weight - if you want to train your balance go wrestle or partake in a sport which
requires lots of different movement patterns.
If you want to work in a circus balance on the ball - i’ve seen some really great acts! While ball work is challenging and has a place (big part in rehab of TABs) i’m just not called to balance on one in “real life” so “functionally” its a waste of my time doing it - besides it has no real carry over to typing on a keyboard or pushing a pencil