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Bench press exercise: The key points
AIM: The bench press exercise (BPE) is receiving increasing interest as a field testing, training/therapeutic modality to improve neuromuscular performance or to increase bone mass density. Several studies have been performed using BPE as a standard for increasing upperlimb strength. For this purpose, the position of the bar, the loads, the sets, the number of repetitions, the recovery time inbetween sets, the movement speed, the muscular work and the use of the determination of the one repetition maximum (1RM) are the classical tools investigated in the literature that have been shown to affect the BPE effect on neuromuscular. The goal of the present short review is to make a picture of the current knowledge on the bench press exercise, which could be very helpful for a better understanding of this standard movement and its effects. CONCLUSION: Based on the related literature, several recommendations on these key points are presented here.