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The quick answer to this is yes... but it's a bigger yes for some more than othersPush ups are a closed chain movement, meaning it's easier to create stability with them then it is on the bench press. This makes it an awesome exercise for someone starting out. Learning how to root into the floor and the basics of creating stability. This will transfer to their bench big time!As you become more advance, I'd say push ups start to transfer less and less. They just won't provide a strong enough overload stimulus to keep you going. If you're a 500...

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Retract & Lock is an awesome cue to use during the takeout of the bench press in order to transfer stability of the load into your back!During the takeout we often lose a bit of the position we gained during the set up. It is very easy for our shoulders to come untucked at this time, which ends up putting the entire weight into our shoulders, disconnected from our back. Not a place we want to be! I encourage lifters to hold the bar for a bit and just cue yourself to retract and lock. If you do it properly...

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Bench Press Cues, Bench Press Technique, Take Out Phase -

These are common mistakes I see often! Make sure they don't happen to you! First would be lifting the bar out with your shoulders. I see lifters get into such great set ups only to see it fall to the wayside because of a poor takeout. What I tell lifters is if that bar doesn't sink lower after that initial lockout, then you haven't got it down yet! Learning how to... A. take the bar out with the lats B. how to set the bar into the lats is huge!!!Touch and Go benching, go figure! Not only do I discourage...

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Bench Press Technique, Misc., Programming -

We have to look at the big components that go into training successfully to really dissect where you might be going wrong or could look to make improvements.Technique You may be stuck doing the same thing over and over and hoping to see different results. If you've had the same technical issue, it's time to find ways to change it, not just put it on the back burner. That may require you taking a step back in how much you can lift to make the necessary adjustmentsEither that or you know what you need to do, you're just not sure...

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Exercises, Misc. -

Dumbbells hold some unique benefits that we don't necessarily get with a standard barbell.One of these benefits is a greater amount of muscle activation. We cannot torque into the bar via the normal bending and spreading cues, so greater demands for stability are placed on the shoulder joint. This works the smaller stabilizing muscles we may not hit as hard otherwise. This is awesome if you're looking to gain size and strength!Another benefit is the ability to travel through a longer range of motion. Where the barbell would normally stop us on chest level, we can typically travel a bit...

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