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Tag: Bench Press

Mind-Muscle Connection and Muscle Activation

This study confirmed the popular theory that using a mind-muscle connection can increase muscle activation. Subjects were able to increase activation in either their pectorals or triceps depending on coaching cues during the bench press. Source: Snyder, B. J., & Fry, W. R. (2012). Effect of verbal instruction on muscle activity during the bench press […]

Bench Tips

Accessory exercises can be important for improving strength in the bench press. This study found that dumbbell bench and dumbbell flyes induced similar amounts of pectoral activation when compared to barbell bench. This means that these movements can be used to further strengthen the chest muscles in new ways as opposed to just bench pressing. […]

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