As a strength athlete, I arch my back during bench press, this was developed in the powerlifting world to lift heavier weights as
a) the range of motion is decreased and
b) Leg drive is incorporated.
But this article is why you, whether you’re training for strength, aesthetic or just for fun, should arch your back whilst bench pressing.
Many people come to me saying “you’re going to break your back” or that I’m “cheating” and sure some people can pretzel their way into an exorcist style set up for strength purposes but today I’m talking about something less extreme.
First off I would like to talk about the biomechanical benefits of arching your back.
Now, how to do it: