Raising Your Bench Press Max
Teammates, we've long known that our Perfect Pushup workout routines help you get stronger in the arms, abs, chest and shoulders (and of course guys get bigger and gals get more toned). But did you know that the routines will help you improve your bench press Max? How's that possible? Let me tell you: the bench press movement isolates your hands into one position, by doing so it essentially limits the amount of other muscles you can recruit to help you move the weight. The Perfect Pushup, on the contrary, enables you to rotate through the same bench press movement which means you recruit more muscles. When this happens, you get what we call "functionally stronger", and in turn, you'll be able to apply your new found strength to pushing up your bench press max. But don't listen to my theories, read on and hear real life examples – HOOYAH! ALDEN
From AKO's blog: "We were getting truly ripped, and were stronger than we had ever been from weight training. So, as we have scientific minds, we decided to test the apparent reality of being in better shape, even though we hadn't touched a weight in over a year. We first decided to see if we had decreased our bench press. We first decided to see if we had decreased our bench press. We started with a low weight, about 80 pounds less than our maximum weight of 215 a year ago. Easy. So we increased…185 pounds. Cake. Like David Dunn, Bruce Willis's character in the movie Unbreakable, we kept piling the weight on, until we incredibly maxed out at 235 pounds, twenty pounds heavier than we had ever been able to lift. We were awestruck. We felt invincible."
And Daniel K's recent comment: "About a month ago I tested my bench press and could only max out on 185lbs. I consider myself an endurance athlete so I've never been concerned with my max bench or lifting heavy weights. I did the Perfect Pushup program as part of my morning routine. Yesterday, my max bench came out at 210lbs. A 30lb increase in only 3 weeks without even touching a bench press bar. A good accomplishment and proof that it works."
Keep me posted Teammates: have you raised your bench press Max? Share the details!
CHARLIE MIKE - ALDEN
Alden Mills, creator of the Perfect Pushup, is CEO of Perfect Fitness, based in CA. Massachusetts born, Alden went to the Naval Academy where he went on to become a Navy SEAL. After retiring in 2000, he earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. His ultimate mission is to inspire everyone to pursue their own dreams. For more from Alden, check out www.perfectonline.com.
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Alden Mills, creator of the Perfect Pushup, is CEO of Perfect Fitness, based in CA. Massachusetts born, Alden went to the Naval Academy where he went on to become a Navy SEAL. After retiring in 2000, he earned his MBA at Carnegie Mellon. As a SEAL Team TWO Platoon Commander, his platoon was chosen for a study to determine why SEALs suffered unusually high injury rates during their careers. After learning injuries were linked to their training methods (age-old body building drills), SEAL trainers switched to Functional Training. Alden learned firsthand the value of optimal exercise routines. Bottom line: if people can take control of their body, they can be more successful in everything they do. Mills turned this belief into a top fitness brand and revolutionized American fitness. His ultimate mission is to inspire everyone to pursue their own dreams. For more from Alden, check out www.perfectonline.com and his article archive.