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How to Bench – Missing Weights at Lockout

How to Bench – Missing Weights at Lockout

In the first installment from elite powerlifter Jesse Burdick (, we detail one of the biggest issues most lifters face with the bench press.

Jesse talks about when the bench breaks down at the top of the movement, there are typically 3 possible issues:

1. Tricep Weakness
2. Technique Issue
3. Poor Setup

In the video, Jesse focuses on proper technique at the lockout.  Most lifters “press out of their arch” – as I’ve described in great detail before.  Jesse calls this “unraveling.”  This sets up bad mechanics, potential shoulder issues and weakness.

Once you know not to press out of the “shoulders back and down” position and focus on driving yourself “under the bar”, you’ll be able to keep the bar in a straight path and lock the weights out like a pro.

Watch this! It will help!

By on May 16th, 2012


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Comments (2)

  1. Posted by - Conor on May 16, 2012

    That’s a great tip…haven’t thought of the final push in that way. Definitely going to try that out. Thanks

  2. Posted by - Aaronaffan on May 18, 2012

    Smitty you are my monster dude

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