Becoming Unapologetically Powerful: Foot Position for the Bench Pressby Jennifer Blake
Did you know the bench press is also a lower-body movement? Your legs play a role in building a stronger, more powerful bench press. This latest tip is an easy one that has a big impact.
You may have heard Jen quote her good friend Maya Winters, strongman-national-champion-turned-competitive-powerlifter, when she says, “The bench press isn’t a press. It’s a shove.” Think about instances where you’ve had to actually shove something; chances are you don’t just use your arms. You put your whole body into it, right? That same idea can be applied to the bench press. It’s a damn tricky lift where you are best served by recruiting as many muscles a possible to shove the bar away from your chest. Enter your legs. (An easy fix for the petite lifters whose feet don’t reach the floor: place small blocks under your feet so your entire foot can stay planted throughout the lift.)
Check out the latest video in the “Becoming Unapologetically Powerful” series, “Foot Position for the Bench Press,” to learn the ideal place to put your feet to begin utilizing leg drive while keeping your butt competition legal (meaning on the bench). Enjoy, and as always, leave any questions or comments below!