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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: 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 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 Descending Set Bench Press Workout

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

Tip: The Complete Chest Exercise

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

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: Next Level Push-Ups

This advanced style of push-up is not only a great upper-body builder, it's a good alternative to use when your shoulders are acting up.

Tip: Metabolic Stress and TUT for Chest Growth

Add this mechanical drop set to your next chest workout. Yes, it's going to hurt.

Tip: Master Dips for Chest & Triceps

Everything you need to know about dips, plus some quick videos to make sure you're doing them right.

Tip: How to Build Pecs With a Foam Roller

Yes, really. This training method will also improve your lifting mechanics. Take a look.

Tip: How to Avoid a Pec Tear

The bench press puts a lot of stress on the joints. Swap it for a variation that'll help you build muscle without the joint issues. Info here.

Tip: How to Activate Your Pecs for Better Gains

Do this superset before heavy bench presses to safely lift heavier weight.