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Exercise Demonstrations

Bench Press with Barbell

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Bench Press with Barbell Exercise

Starting Position

Lie back on bench. Your feet should be either flat on the floor, flat on a foot rest, or up in the air to protect your lower back from injury. Hold a weighted barbell with arms straight up toward the ceiling.

Action

INHALE: Allow elbows to bend to 90 degrees, lowering the barbell down toward your chest (but not touching it).

EXHALE: Extend the arms, pushing the weight back up to the starting position. Don't lock elbows completely.

Special Instructions

Keep spine in a neutral position. Don't lift head off the bench during exercise.

Muscles Worked: Chest

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