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How to Do a Barbell Bench Press

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The bench press involves the pectoralis major (chest), anterior deltoid (front of shoulder) and the triceps. The forearm muscles, upper back muscles and lats also contribute to moving the weight during a bench press. It utilizes more muscle mass than the overhead press.  The lower body is also involved with the bench press – a concept known as “leg drive.” Leg drive occurs when the lifter pushes into the ground to provide more support for the slight upper back arch.

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