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  • Bench press, odd man out?

    Of all the lifts BP strikes me as one of the most odd from an 'evolutionary' perspective. A lot of our diet and compound movements seem to have been needed in human history. IE picking up a heavy weight off the floor? DL pattern. Squatting down to pick up buckets and weight on your back->squat pattern. Lifting something to a higher level for someone else to throw into a pile->standing press.

    BP seems to have one of if not the shortest ranges of motion for a major compound exercise, can't relly think of a past evolutionary movement for it, and yet its considered a tried and true 'big three'

    Why is this the case, and why isn't say standing press, barbell row, considered among the 'big' three instead?

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    Pressing things off of you and applying force with your upper body horizontally seem to fit your definition pretty well.

    The Big 3 is from powerlifting, which is a sport of arbitrary movements.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Jordan Feigenbaum View Post
      Pressing things off of you and applying force with your upper body horizontally seem to fit your definition pretty well.

      The Big 3 is from powerlifting, which is a sport of arbitrary movements.
      but BP isn't a horizontal force (most of the time) it's you pressing things against a resistance including gravity, to the exact same height/point (almost). Seems to be no evolutionary need for this, unlike the other movements patterns

      Anywyas peeked my interest

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      • #4
        Originally posted by xxispawn01xx View Post

        but BP isn't a horizontal force (most of the time) it's you pressing things against a resistance including gravity, to the exact same height/point (almost). Seems to be no evolutionary need for this, unlike the other movements patterns

        Anywyas peeked my interest
        A few things here:

        1) Bench press is a horizontal pressing movement.
        2) Evolution is not concerned with movements that do not contribute to reproductive success. None of the exercises we're discussing are relevant to evolution and I think we should stop using that term.
        3) No one has to bench press, but I wouldn't make up arguments against it either.

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