The most over-looked exercise in CrossFit: the Bench Press

Posted: November 2, 2015 in crossfit, mens weight lifting club, Powerlifting, program design
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I have been around CrossFit for over a decade. My original training was at the first CrossFit ever, in Santa Cruz, CA. The head instructor was the founder himself, Greg Glassman and he had a number of top coaches doing different sections of the presenting. For instance, incredible Mike Burgener taught the Olympic Weightlifting segment.

As the three day event unfolded, we learned about numerous methods of getting strong and fit. Mark Rippetoe taught the three Powerlifts–squat, deadlift, and bench press.

Fast forward to the present time and you will still see the squat and deadlift regularly but you will  rarely see the bench press being done in a CrossFit gym. Why is that?

I learned at the beginning of CrossFit that it was “broad, general, and inclusive fitness” and that sought to “improve work capacity across broad time and modal domains”.

To me that doesn’t mean dropping a great exercise like the bench press! We still bench press on a regular basis at my gym and will continue to do so. It is a great strength-building exercise!


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