It didn’t matter if it was at school with my friends… at work with my co-workers… or at the gym with my lifting buddies… everyone would always ask me, “How Much Do You Bench?”
But over time, as I became more informed about exercise and muscle growth… I soon learned that the bench press did a lot more for your body than just about any other exercise.
As you probably already know… having a big bench press is like a badge of honor. Plain and simple… it gets you respect and attention in almost every area of your life. It’s a measuring stick that you use with your buddies. The one with the biggest bench is usually the most respected. The strongest is usually the most respected (and most feared!)
Having a big bench usually means you’re strong and in shape. In fact my football coaches in college were dead serious about knowing how much I could bench press and tested it several times a year. You see they knew something that most people don’t…..
Increasing your bench press will also increase the amount of muscle mass you have on your entire body! It’s true… and it’s because of 2 reasons. First, when you keep lifting more and more weight, your body must add muscle mass so that it can handle that additional stress (weight) you’re placing on it. And second, heavy intense lifts like the bench press releases anabolic hormones into your bloodstream… things like testosterone and human growth hormone. These are the male muscle builders that help you pack on muscle.
When done correctly (which most people don’t) the bench press uses every single muscle in your body. You stimulate the chest, shoulders, triceps, biceps, your back and even your LEGS.
It’s a fact that compound exercises that involve the most muscle groups give you the most results in the least amount of time. It’s because you’re using ALL of your muscles at the same time.
And honestly… no upper body exercise involves more muscles and becomes more of a full body exercise then the bench press. So if you don’t have a lot of time you can spend in the gym… focusing on the bench press is a sure-fire way that you’re getting an intense, good workout in for your whole body!