Exercise 1a Bench Press
Sets: 3 Reps: 8-10 Rest: 20 Seconds
Lie on the bench, grab the bar underhand, and pull your torso up and forward, resting your head on the bench before the rest of your body. Your eyes should be under the bar. This should also cause your knees to bend 45 degrees so that your feet are planted far back—it's OK if the balls of your feet are in contact with the floor—but your heels are in the air. Now switch to an overhand, shoulder-width grip. Lift the bar off the rack and hold it directly above your chest . Squeeze the bar hard and arch your upper back. Lower the bar to just below your nipples . Once the bar touches your chest, push your feet hard into the fl oor (dropping your heels if they're up). Press the weight up, focusing on pushing the bar back slightly toward your face. When the bar is halfway up, begin fl aring your elbows outward to lock it out. That's one rep.