Importance of Locking out Your Elbow at the Top of Your Bench

Importance of Locking out Your Elbow at the Top of Your Bench

Should you lockout on bench press?

One of the most dangerous moves in the bench press is moving the bar from the rack to the start position at the top or re-racking the bar.  The reason for this is because you are moving the bar over the face.  When moving the bar to and from the rack, the elbows should always be locked out at the top.  This will transfer the weight from the hands through the bones to the back. By locking out, your bones will be holding the weight not your muscles.  It is very important that you learn how to lockout before starting to add heavy weights to the bar.

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