bench press


: a lift or exercise in which a weight is raised by extending the arms upward while lying on a bench
bench-press transitive verb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Classic examples include performing the dumbbell fly or cable crossover before the bench press, or the leg extension before the squat. Men's Health, 12 Sep. 2022 The strength group, in contrast, gained nine percent in their back squat one-rep max and seven percent in the bench press. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, 8 July 2021 Puns aside, this bench press variation is best avoided. Jeff Tomko, Men's Health, 16 Aug. 2022 Dumbbell Floor Press Instead of a bench press with a barbell, which can elicit some discomfort in your shoulder, Chan suggests limiting your range of motion and moving down to the floor. Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 29 July 2022 Having started at 135 pounds, Derwin Jr. maxed out in high school with a bench press of 415. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 At pro day, Jeter posted 26 reps on the bench press, a vertical leap of 31 inches and an impressive three-cone time of 7.8 seconds that would have ranked third at the combine among defensive tackles. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2022 Wide receiver Chris Olave, on the other hand, plans to go through all of the workouts except for the bench press. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2022 Usually, after several minutes in hushed whispers, one person will emerge ready to count the bench press reps. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bench press was in 1953

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“Bench press.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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