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Banded Barbell Flat Bench Press

Set-Up

  • Set up a barbell so you can push the bar up off the rack comfortably.
  • Attach resistance band or multiple to the ends to the barbell. Lie down on the bench with shoulder blades squeezed together to create a base and keep feet flat on the ground. Squeezing your shoulder blades together will keep your shoulders and back tight.
  • Grasp the bar so hands are just at shoulder width or just outside shoulder width apart.

Movement

  • Un-rack the weight by pressing up and pull the bar the bar just below mid-chest level.
  • On the eccentric, squeeze the lats in and pull the weight with your elbows to the body so the bar just comes at the bottom of the chest. Push up by driving your back into the pad. Return to the starting position. Perform this for necessary reps.

Completion

  • After completion, push the weight straight back to the rack.