If you’re a man, you probably don’t want to read this article. But you probably should. Actually, a real man is willing to take a look at what he’s always done in consideration for a better way. There is a better way to strengthen your chest and arms than bench pressing. In fact, over time bench pressing can cause significant shoulder pain and dysfunction.
It all started decades ago, with the popular floor press. In the 1930s the floor press evolved to a wooden “bench” or box with the use of a barbell. By the 1950s bodybuilding was on the rise, and with it, the popularity of the bench press grew. The bench press started becoming over-emphasized as a training exercise in the 1970s. As a disproportionate amount of focus was placed on the bench press, the movement grew in popularity as a common benchmark of masculine strength. For decades it has been considered the gold standard of upper body strength lifts. But it is not and should not be a standard of strength.