Bench press

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A Soldier (lying down) performs a bench press with a "spotter".

The bench press is a weight training exercise for the chest muscles and some helping muscles in the shoulders and arms.

The most people who have bad form in this exercise will push with the feet to make their back bent and lifted up off the bench. This moves up the stomach area over the chest and helps the lower chest muscles move the weight. This may hurt the low part of the back.

Good form is to keep the back and shoulders on the bench and not use the low part of the body to help at all.[source?]

Because the weight is directly above the body, a "spotter" or helper is used by many people in this exercise. The helper will stand behind the head of the person doing the exercise. If after doing some of the exercise the person doing the exercise cannot move the weight, the "spotter" will help the person move the weight back up to the starting position by taking hold of the bar and lifting together with the person.