If you were to think of the most popular upper body exercise (or even the most popular exercise itself), there’s a good chance the bench press comes up.
Generally, when talking or thinking about the bench press, most people probably think of the barbell bench press.
However, there are a few other modalities you can perform the bench press with.
The bench press is one of the most popular exercises for developing the upper body.
Most often, people perform this exercise with a barbell.
However, there are numerous other modalities you can perform a bench press with, one of which is a smith machine.
The barbell bench press is probably the most popular upper body exercise. In a previous article, we’ve detailed a fair amount of research depicting how effective the barbell bench press is at inducing chest hypertrophy.
Rows and lat-pulldowns are two of the most popular back and biceps exercises performed in a program.
As far as back development goes, the inclusion of these two exercises in a program seems like a good idea, as they may be complementary.
In the bodybuilding world, it’s not uncommon to see a constant tension technique being used.
Typically, this is done by avoiding locking out the joints in an exercise, resulting in the muscle producing continuous tension for the full duration of a set.
Up until recently, the scientific consensus was trending towards the idea that a full range of motion is better than a partial range of motion for muscle growth.