To get more out of the barbell floor press, incorporate accommodating resistance by adding a band. Applied to the floor press, this creates a greater loading mechanism, which stresses the chest and surrounding muscles, joints, and nervous system.
The great thing about the band-resisted barbell floor press is the effective de-load at the bottom, limiting overloading, which will make the tension greater at the top of the movement.
To effectively perform this variation of the floor press:
- Place the bar over the top of your thighs.
- Place the band on your mid/lower back and under the armpits to create an angle sufficient for effective pressing.
- Grip the bar as you would a regular bench press, engage your muscles, and press.