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  • Posted On: 02-18-18, 8:16 am (EST) #1

    Dumbell and Barbell Bench Press - Chest not activated

    February 18, 2018, 8:16 am

    Hi, I'm doing a barbell bench press and I see almost no chest activated, only press on the shoulders and the shoulders got really burn after a few sets.

    I have seen the video of Scott doing the barbell bench press and try to do the same, but I think I have a hard time packing my shoulders (Without a dumbell, I can pack my shoulder, but if I'm holding the dumbell, my shoulders just came to normal automatically).

    Also I have pretty long arm.

    Do you guys have any idea for this problem? Thank you in advance =))

  • Posted On: 02-18-18, 11:12 am (EST) #2

    Dumbell and Barbell Bench Press - Chest not activated

    February 18, 2018, 11:12 am
    Posted by: minh235200

    Hi, I'm doing a barbell bench press and I see almost no chest activated, only press on the shoulders and the shoulders got really burn after a few sets.

    I have seen the video of Scott doing the barbell bench press and try to do the same, but I think I have a hard time packing my shoulders (Without a dumbell, I can pack my shoulder, but if I'm holding the dumbell, my shoulders just came to normal automatically).

    Also I have pretty long arm.

    Do you guys have any idea for this problem? Thank you in advance =))

    Just gonna repost it here, just to be safe.

     

    I completely understand your problem. I am very shoulder dominant so my shoulders constantly want to work in with my chest and it is very annoying. Yeah try your best to flex your shoulders back as you bench is key.

     

    Maybe lower the weight also. Force yourself to put your mind into your chest and try your very best to only flex and stretch your chest - this is easier when the weight is lighter - do like 10 to 20 reps to really force your chest to do the work.

     

    Before you bench I would advice you to do some stretching for your chest, shoulders, wrists and a bit for back. Do some rear delt flys aswell. What this will do is activate your muscles and that may make it easier to force your shoulders back and stick your chest out to perform the bench. I also warmup with foam rolling and a stretch band. Try it for a session, get back to me when you have, I would love to know if it worked or not !

  • Posted On: 02-18-18, 11:10 pm (EST) #3

    Dumbell and Barbell Bench Press - Chest not activated

    February 18, 2018, 11:10 pm
    Posted by: minh235200

    Hi, I'm doing a barbell bench press and I see almost no chest activated, only press on the shoulders and the shoulders got really burn after a few sets.

    I have seen the video of Scott doing the barbell bench press and try to do the same, but I think I have a hard time packing my shoulders (Without a dumbell, I can pack my shoulder, but if I'm holding the dumbell, my shoulders just came to normal automatically).

    Also I have pretty long arm.

    Do you guys have any idea for this problem? Thank you in advance =))

    William and I responded to this in another @forum thread my bro! Here: http://muscularstrength.com/forums.php?pageAction=POSTS&subForumID=32&threadID=4462

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