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Why the Bench Press is the Best Exercise

For the goals of improved strength, more muscle size, better athletic function, and even general fitness, the bench press is the best exercise. Here’s why.

Tip: You Don't Have to Bench

Think the barbell bench press is a must-do lift? Really, it's not. Here's why.

Tip: Weak on Rings, Weak Everywhere Else

If ring dips or ring push-ups make you look like you're training in an earthquake, something's wrong. Here's why and how to fix it.

Tip: Up With Two, Down With One

Build more upper-body strength and size with this brutally tough training method.

Tip: Two Ways to Ramp Up Your Chest Training

If your goal is hypertrophy, use these techniques the next time you do dumbbell bench presses.

Tip: Two Quick Tips for Better Benching

Remember these cues the next time you bench press and you'll get a better workout.

Tip: The Worst Way to Stretch Your Chest

Most people really mess up this common pec stretch. Here's why you should avoid it and what you should replace it with.

Tip: The Upper-Body Exercise You're Missing

Add this to your training and boost your upper-body strength, core strength, and even your bench press PR.

Tip: The Ultimate Push-Up Finisher

Add this Tabata-style workout to the end of chest day on Monday. Don't plan on moving around a lot on Tuesday.

Tip: The T-Shirt Bench Press

Set a new PR on the bench press by preparing for it with this ego-crushing technique.

Tip: The Scientific Cure for a Flat Upper Chest

Sure, the incline bench press helps, but you need to add something else to your inclines to really build the clavicular head. Info here.

Tip: The Safest Chest Press

This lift is easy on your joints, kind to your shoulders, and polite to your achy elbows. And it'll still get you super strong.

Tip: The Safe Way to Bench on a Smith Machine

Yes, the evil Smith machine can help you build your chest, but only if you use it wisely. Here's the trick.

Tip: The Right Way to Use a Chest Machine

Chest press machines work, but they can also wreck your joints. Here's how to get around that.

Tip: The Most Neglected Chest Exercise

For pure size gains, many bodybuilders have forgotten about this pec-building staple.

Tip: The Missing Exercise for Pumped Pecs

Bench presses and push-ups are great, but they don't strengthen the entire chest. Here's what to add to chest day.

Tip: The Descending Set Bench Press Workout

Train for strength and hypertrophy in the same workout. Here's how.

Tip: The Crusher Push-Up

This is not for beginners. But if you're past that stage, this variation will crush your chest, shoulders, and triceps... in a good way.

Tip: The Complete Chest Exercise

This pressing variation trains both functions of the chest for complete pec development. Check it out.

Tip: The Bro-Assisted Chest Builder

Get a training partner for this exercise. Asking for a little help is worth the big gains.

Tip: The Best Chest Exercise Since 1911

For complete chest development, don't forget this classic. Bonus: There's a new way to do it for even better results. Check this out.

Tip: The Best Bench Press for Chest Development

Looks scary, but it's the best way to bench if your goal is chest size.

Tip: The Bench Press is a Whole-Body Exercise

To get the most out of the bench, you must make it a whole-body lift. Here are four ways to do it.

Tip: The 8-15-25 Chest Workout

Take a break from the barbell and try this for size and strength gains.

Tip: Slam the Lower & Middle Chest with One Move

This pivot press is clever. And tough. Very tough. Take a look.