Definition of bench press in English:

bench press

noun

  • A bodybuilding and weightlifting exercise in which a lifter lies on a bench with feet on the floor and raises a weight with both arms.

    • ‘Conor promised Todd he would add 50 pounds to his bench press in 3 weeks.’
    • ‘There are certain exercises that require extra special attention: the free squat, leg press, the bench press and the dead-lift.’
    • ‘In this way, the exercise more closely resembles a bench press, which starts by lowering the weight before pushing it back up.’
    • ‘Begin each workout of week four with a strength test of the core power movements: bench press, squat and deadlift.’
    • ‘In the normal bench press, your fingers and palms provide nearly all of the squeezing power, with your thumbs serving only as minor stabilizers.’
    • ‘Although the bench press is an upper-body exercise, don't forget to use your legs.’
    • ‘When it comes time to test your strength for the bench press, squat or deadlift, timing can be everything.’
    • ‘The last time I competed, I totaled 2,127 pounds in the deadlift, squat and bench press.’
    • ‘The barbell bench press is the staple of your chest routine, so perform it first.’
    • ‘There's something uniquely satisfying about the bench press.’
    • ‘Be sure to include at least two pressing movements per workout such as incline barbell presses and the bench press.’
    • ‘If this happens during a barbell bench press, squat, leg press or shoulder press, it could leave you open to a serious injury.’
    • ‘The bench press is beloved, foremost because so many trainers find it an excellent muscle-grower and test of strength.’
    • ‘When an individual has to prove their worth in terms of strength, they inevitably turn to the most hallowed of exercises, the bench press.’
    • ‘It's unwise to cheat on certain movements, such as the barbell squat, the lunge and the bench press, due to risk of injury.’
    • ‘The first thing a person does when he lies down to bench press is plant his feet, and Simon can no longer anchor himself that way.’
    • ‘Since the bench press is a fundamental compound exercise for the upper body, it became the cornerstone of my workout.’
    • ‘Whether performed with a barbell or dumbbells, at an incline, flat or at a decline, the bench press is an exercise you don't want to overlook.’
    • ‘As for the narrow-grip bench press, that exercise typically targets the triceps, although it can be used to hit the inner chest.’
    • ‘For example, when you do a bench press, you push the weight off your chest as fast as possible, but you have to slow it down at the top due to the length limit of your arms.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Raise (a weight) in a bench press.

    ‘Josh can bench-press more than 400 pounds’
    [no object] ‘my elbow hurts when I bench-press’
    • ‘You're never too old to bench-press a few pounds.’
    • ‘A powerful lineman who bench-presses 460 pounds and squats 600, Hampton has started every game since early in his freshman season.’
    • ‘I felt as though someone was bench-pressing 600 pounds on my head.’
    • ‘Chuck was even reported to have bench-pressed 560 pounds at a bodyweight of 220 pounds!’
    • ‘Walker, who bench-presses 600 pounds, is the team's strongest player.’
    • ‘Galloway bench-presses more than 400 pounds.’
    • ‘Marcus could bench-press no more than 135 pounds when he arrived.’
    • ‘At school, my workouts were barely adequate - I had to pick times when no one was around to see how much I was bench-pressing, then quit if someone interrupted my session.’
    • ‘He's lean, strong and can bench-press 240 pounds, his weight and half as much again.’
    • ‘With increased dedication, Sims has improved his strength and is bench-pressing 465 pounds.’
    • ‘You can talk while bench-pressing just not very smoothly.’
    • ‘If you are bench-pressing 200 pounds, your muscles have 200 pounds of resistance in the beginning, middle, and end of the lift.’
    • ‘He lifts weights and can bench-press five reps of 185 pounds.’
    • ‘Instead of simply bench-pressing 250 pounds, they're doing leg exercises, riding stationary bikes and using free weights.’
    • ‘As today was a free day, meaning we could exercise however we wanted, Ston came over and started bench-pressing on one of the machines near us.’
    • ‘He can also bench-press an impressive 150 kgs, and spends a lot of his training time in a gym.’
    • ‘Next to her was a strapping mid-life man, used to bench-pressing 200-plus pounds, suddenly feeling the crunch of a newly herniated lumbar disc.’
    • ‘It is logically possible for me to bench-press eight hundred pounds, but I can't do it.’
    • ‘Somebody who can bench-press hundreds of pounds isn't necessarily going to be the best bowler.’
    • ‘Did you know most really good pro boxers cannot even bench-press their own weight?’

Pronunciation:

bench press

/ˈbenCH ˌpres/