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If you follow these 11 scientifically proven tips, you can quickly increase your Bench Press strength and prevent injury.

Like it or not, the Bench Press is one of the primary lifts on which your strength is judged.

Nothing turns heads faster in the gym than an impressive Bench Press, and it’s the first (and often only) lift people want to know your numbers on.

There’s a good reason for this beyond ego, though.

The Bench Press is one of the best upper body exercises you can do because, when performed properly, it trains not just the pectorals but the lats, shoulders, triceps, and even the legs (through a proper leg drive, as discussed later in this podcast).

Every chest workout or push workout should include at least a few sets of the Bench Press.

That said, like the other big compound lifts (Deadlift, Squat, and Military Press), the Bench Press is actually quite technical. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you’ll quickly hit a plateau, which is not only frustrating, but can set you up for injury as you try to break through it by compromising form.

So, in this podcast, we’re going to look at 11 safe, scientifically proven ways to increase your bench press and, in some cases, also reduce the risk of injury.

Would you rather read about how to increase your bench press? Then check out this article!

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