Master The Rear Delt Fly
Rear delts get no love from most people who lift weights. That’s a shame because they not only help complete your physique, but also serve to injury proof you if you do a lot of bench pressing. Check out this video from BPI Sports on how to master the rear delt fly and give you 3D shoulder development.
Journey To A Handstand Pushup Part II
Karen Smith, Chief SFB and Master SFG knows that most people would love to be able to do a proper handstand pushup hence this excellent progression series. I posted a link to the first article in this series in Black Friday Bonus: Home Gym Tips and Tricks so if you enjoyed it; here’s part II also on the StrongFirst website.
Five Beginner Level Bridge Exercises
Bridging is awesome for back health and it will improve your bench press by improving your arch. But unless you’re a high school wrestler or gymnast, it’s difficult to find qualified instruction on how to actually do a bridge without hurting yourself! Check out this video from John Sifferman featuring five exercises for beginners to get you started on the road towards more naturally functioning thoracic spine and hopefully more pounds on the flat bench!
Podcast of The Week: The Myths and Truths of Distance Running
Like many people who enjoy weight training, I dislike running. Okay, I hate it. My attitude is mirrored in the reverse by athletes who would rather run 100 miles in any direction rather than do fifteen minutes of strength training. The truth is both camps need to spend time practicing each other’s disciplines. Brett McKay from The Art of Manliness and Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running dig into myths and truths about distance running including how squatting can improve your race finish time. Follow the link to listen here…
Isometric Movements to Increase Your Bench Press!
A better arch is one way to increase your bench. So is simply getting stronger. Isometrics are a great assistance exercise to nudge your PR higher. Check out Josh Bryant breaking it down in this video with Mark Bell.