Dumbbell Bench Press the RIGHT WAY


Doing an exercise the same way everyone else at your gym is doing it could actually mean you’re doing it wrong – and risking injury in the process. Exhibit A: dumbbell bench press. Below, I break down the right and wrong way to dumbbell bench press for bigger, stronger pecs and healthier shoulder joints.

WRONG WAY: Letting the elbows flare out to the sides so that the upper arms are perpendicular with your torso (and the bench) while you lower and press the weight. This leaves your shoulders vulnerable to injury and puts you in a weaker pressing position. Lose-lose!

RIGHT WAY: Tuck your elbows in close to your sides through both the positive (concentric) and negative (eccentric) portions of the press. Your
elbows will be pointed forward in this position, not out to the sides. Arch your lower back, pull the shoulder blades back, and you’ll have a stronger, safer dumbbell bench press with the elbows-tucked position.

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