Please Shut Up About Arching in the Bench Press

Get rid of unsolicited advice with these facts

If you arch your back while bench pressing you have probably suffered through plenty of people coming up to you in the gym. These guys tend to think they are experts, and will gladly give you their opinion on your form.

It seems to happen more often to women in the weight room, but no lifter is spared from the “professionals” wandering around giving unsolicited advice.

Respond back with this doctor-approved logic and scientific evidence if they insist that arching your lower back during the bench press is an unsafe practice.

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Check out the real information on whether or not arching your back during the bench press is safe or not:

Shout out to all my strong powerlifting women who have the incredible patience to post bench press videos and deal with the inevitable dozens of comments you’ll receive about “OMG You’re Gonna Break Your Back” which are all of course being written by guys who are expert coaches, physical therapists and successful competitors.

I’m sorry that apparently every guy on social media thinks it is his duty to correct a female’s lifting technique, even if his credentials are “lifting for a year, recently read an article” and that you’ve been training for 20 years and ya know, actually understand what the hell you’re doing. On their behalf, I apologize and guys, trust me, none of these women are thinking “wow that guy seems so knowledgeable, I think I wanna go on a date with him cause he corrected my bench arch.”

………………..over-do their leg drive and get called on sliding down the bench even in competition! Compare this level of controlled force production (enough force to help with the lift, not enough to slide down the bench with only the friction of the bench and not gravity in opposition) with that of the squat. In the squat, the lifter is literally caught between the ground and a heavy barbell. The spine is in a similar position (actually, usually less lordodic and possibly at even greater risk) and is not required to push against gravity. If the bench arch is too high of force for safety, then squatting should be completely ruled out. And overhead shoulder pressing? Forget about it.
Source: JTS Strength
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