The bench press is an absolute staple at the gym - it's an active composite movement that strengthens & stabilises the shoulder AND burns a tonne of calories. Whether you're trying to gain muscle or lose fat, a bench press will likely feature in your program.
Although almost every gym-goer will lift a bench press regularly, most don't know very much about what it does to their body - for example, did you know that a bench press isn't just a chest exercise? It's a chest, triceps, and deltoid exercise, and that has significant implications for your shoulder & arm biomechanics.
If you're only stretching your chest after a bench press, then you're putting yourself at a greater risk of these complications:
To avoid all of these complications (and others), you need to stretch triceps, deltoid, and chest after bench presses. Stretch each muscle for 30sec TWICE on each side. You can find information on how to do these stretches on my YouTube channel.
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Dr Mitch Clark