I always referred to the bench press as a whole body exercise, including the legs for drive. I actually felt that the chest was not affected as much as the shoulders, and triceps. Sutebun… look up some of my articles on bench press technique, they are all over the internet.
Gorillavanilla. Ed Coan was always at least one weight class heavier than me. I met Ed for the first time in Austin Texas at the Seniors in 82 or 83. do not remember exactly. we were both up all night in and out of the sauna trying to make weight. He was just off of winning the teenage Nationals and I did not know who he was. Like wise I was a new comer to the National contests and he had no idea who I was. We both made weight… he at 181, me at 165. It was the 148 to 181 class lifting together and I did out bench him with my World record 485. He went 9 for 9 and looked like he had a lot more in him that day. He was unbelievable. Ed and I became friends and when I broke three world records in a row at the YMCA nationals at 181, Ed and Doug Furnas were there helping me. Ed was frustrated that I refused to get psyched and actually was joking around as I chalked my hands. Doug handed out to me and Ed cheered me on. After the third World Record of 551 at 181, I walked over to Mike Lambert and asked if he got a good cover shot for PLUSA. Mike said yes and it was the first and only time I made the cover. I was thrilled. When I hit the 556 at the next meet, I had no idea that this lift would follow me 25 years later as something memorable or even Historic. I am humbled and honored to have called myself a Powerlifter. When I graduated college in 91, I told my father I was more proud of my diploma than the world records. I worked harder at the undergrad degree that any world record. Lifting was always so easy.
Anyway Gorilla… I loved the reverse grip for triceps and seated dumbbell presses for my front delts. I also did very heavy front raises with dumbbells. I needed lifting straps just to hold onto the 80’s and 90’s as I lifted those dumbbells up to my nose. gorilla, I see you are in Florida…what part?