Dave W 3 sets of these on a Stability ball as a warm-up. Couldn't use "working" weights as I bench press 220lb - 396lb normally and wouldn't dare try that on a Stab ball. Great stretch, but a very difficult exercise. Will try dumbbell flyes like this next week ;-)
Want to do some weights but have no bench? Well don't worry, just grab a Swiss ball, balance your head and shoulders on it, pull you bum up so you're nice and flat and voilà one bench!
Pick weights which you're comfortable with and do 3 sets of 10 upward presses - the same as you would on a bench press but using a weight in each hand rather than a lifting bar (weightlifting terminology needed!)
The Bench-less Bench Press Challenge rules
- No more than 30 seconds rest between sets and hold bench position
- Ideally have a spotter there so if you lose your balance they can grab the weights
- Not all types of physical activity are suitable for everyone. Users take Challenges and training advice at their own personal risk.
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“i love this version of bench press as it forces you to maintain tightness in yr abs throught the exercise .. allowing no cheating of pushing through yr back ... ”
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Gem W I actually used my dining table chairs because I had neither a bench or a ball. O_o Worked slightly. I think the ball would have been better, but use what you have right? :)
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3 x 12 reps. very wobbly. A wider foot stance helps, but still you gotta watch out or you'll take a spill!
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Why not ask for some advice from other Challenge takers, or read some of the Challenge guides first?OK, I'll keep working at it!