Monday, July 5, 2010

Great Chest Workouts: How To Do Close Grip Flat Bench Barbell Press

An exercise that strengthens the chest and triceps



Bench presses are among the most popular upper body strengthening exercises you can do. And it is very useful for developing your triceps, shoulders and a great chest. Today I'm going to discuss how the bench press can help make your triceps stronger.

Performing the Close Grip Flat Bench Barbell Press

The set up is basically the same as with the regular flat bench barbell press. The only difference is that you are positioning your hands closer together when you grip the bar. Lie flat on your back. Keep your feet firmly planted on the floor. Make sure that your back is slightly arched, abs tight and your shoulder blades pressed into the bench. Now lift the bar. Slowly lower it to within a few inches of your chest then press the weight back up again. Do five sets of this exercise for a total of 6 - 8 repetitions per set. You'll notice that there is more emphasis placed on your triceps when performing the close grip flat bench barbell press. This becomes useful as you work your way up on the regular flat bench exercise. Always remember to lift only that which you are able to safely handle.

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