Not every athlete has the ability to (or needs to) bench press with a bar. However, the everyday athlete looking to build upper-body size and strength would be wise to implement pain-free range of motion training strategies. That's where the Swiss bar comes in.
The Swiss Bar offers a neutral grip position, which can provide a much smoother bar path for the bench press. Ditch the bar and swap in the Swiss bar if you have cranky shoulders or limited range of motion. It's a much better bang-for-your-buck, without the excessive shearing forces on the glenohumeral joint that come with the barbell.
Most versions of this specialty bar come with a few different hand position options. This works well for lifters of all sizes since it caters to narrow, moderate, and wide-based neutral grip positions.
How to Do It
- Set up with your back flat on the bench.
- Drive your feet down into the floor to create a stable base with your hips and core.
- Choose the grip width that works best for you.
- Lower the Swiss bar to the chest with a subtle tap and then press back up.