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Doctor insights on: Bench Press Bar Weight

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Why isn't my bench press weight increasing?

Why isn't my bench press weight increasing?

Muscles stronger: Muscles respond to repetitive force application by getting stronger. The actual individual muscle fibers become more larger and more efficient at being recruited "on demand" when a particular exercise (bench press) is performed. ...Read more

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What should you have to do to increase weight on your bench press?

What should you have to do to increase weight on your bench press?

Bench press: Seems simple, but if you want to increase your bench press, then you have to keep bench pressing. There are many different schemed available. Work with a strength coach to help you or access resources for lifting online. Make sure you are eating right and taking adequate time for rest in between chest days to allow you body time to recover. ...Read more

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Please answer! what muscles does the machine press work compared to free weight bench press?

Please answer! what muscles does the machine press work compared to free weight bench press?

See below: if you are using machine for bench press you tend to isolate out several muscles. if you are using free weights, you need many more muscles to stabilize your upper body. therefore you get a more "total body" workout when you use free weights in general. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my neck at the base where it joins the shoulder and back post lifting very heavy weights especially overhead bench press .?

I have a pain in my neck at the base where it joins the shoulder and back post  lifting very heavy weights especially overhead  bench press .?

Neck/back pain: Pain in this area may be due to strain/sprain especially if induced after a heavy weight lifting set. Consider heat/ice/massage. If persists consider eval by a physician for possible meds or imaging to fully determine etiology. An osteopathic physician may offer manipulation if appropriate to help in your recovery. Meanwhile, cut back on the weights until improved or cleared by ur doc. ...Read more

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How long into working out nefore you start increasing in weight for curls, bench press, etc.?

See details: The rule of thumb is if you can do 15 repetitions it is time to increase the weight. If you cannot do 10 reps, then reduce the weight. ...Read more

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Male. Can I do weight lifting like bench press after mastectomy? What timeframe?

Male. Can I do weight lifting like bench press after mastectomy? What timeframe?

Yes when wound heals: after cleared by your surgeon, some times skin flaps are under tension any additional stress will disrupt the wound . ...Read more

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My left shoulder is painful when I apply certain weight to it. If I do bench press exercises, I get a sharp pain and feel a bit weak in it. ?

Difficult diagnosis : Difficult to answer without exam because of multitude of pain sources. Could be pectoral us tendon year given location and pain trigger. Could be acromioclavicular joint degeneration. Could be shoulder joint degeneration or bursitis. You need an exam from an Orthopaedic surgeon and an MRI. ...Read more

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I have mild MVP with trivial MR. Everything else normal. Can I do weight training in gym like chest and shoulders weight exercises like bench press?

I have mild MVP with trivial MR. Everything else normal. Can I do weight training in gym like  chest and shoulders weight exercises like bench press?

Yes: With what you are describing (and I am assuming you are having no symptoms of chest pain, irregular heart beat, shortness of breath) then should be no problem. IF however you develop any of the above symptoms you need to stop the offending activity and see your cardiologist. Dr R ...Read more

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This happen last week i was bench press 160 pounds and couldn't do the last set. So rolled the bar down my chest and on my belly were i sat it for a second. Now my belly looks like its indention. ?

This happen last week i was bench press 160 pounds and couldn't do the last set. So rolled the bar down my chest and on my belly were i sat it for a second. Now my belly looks like its indention. ?

Pain: Have you had any pain or new symptoms associated with your belly? If the only problem you have right now is cosmetic, it is probably safe to give yourself time. The fact that it has been a week means it is unlikely you have done any serious damage. See your doctor if the problem persists. ...Read more

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How to increase my bench press max?

Slowly: You may only be able to add a pound at a time. It will help if you increase your reps at your max weight and then when fresh add weight and plan on less reps ...Read more

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How to know if I should increase my bench press?

How to know if I should increase my bench press?

What is your goal?: If you are looking for tone, lesser weight with more reps is needed. If you are looking to increase muscle mass, fewer reps with more weight. You should not increase the weight until you feel you can do more reps with less difficulty. This way, your routine doesn't revert from increasing muscle mass to toning. ...Read more

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What to do if I have man boobs but not massive ones and i bench press?

What to do if I have man boobs but not massive ones and i bench press?

Implants: Depending on size of breast and what you are comfortable with you could increase breast size by using implants under pectoral muscle which shouldn't interfere with bench pressing. Occassionally latissimus flaps are turned to add extra skin to breast site and allow prosthesis to be implanted under them. ...Read more

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What can cause pain when I bench press?

Varies: Multiple potential causes in a 53 year old weight lifter- Tendonitis, muscle strain, arthritis in the sterno clavicular and acromio clavicular joints, among other possibilities. Consider being seen. May need to lower the amount of weight being lifted. Consider cross training rather than one workout over and over to prevent over use injuries. ...Read more