Day 25/30 (Embedded Video)
I've recently discovered that it is possible to bench press while at work! This realization brought to you by the Standing@Work experiment. I was amazed when I went to a crossfit workout at Harbor City Crossfit and found myself doing the exact same set up for the bench press as I do to stand at my work station. To quickly review the set up for Standing@Work is as follows (also see the post: Cure to Lower Back Pain)
- Pull ribcage down (mid-line stability)
- Activate the glutes
- Savasana (externally rotate arms, palms facing away, re-bend at elbows)
These three steps bring you into proper alignment for a long and healthy working session. Now to review how to set up for a bench press.
- Pull ribcage down
- Savasana (externally rotate arms, palms facing away)
- Re-bend at elbows grabbing bar
- Activate Glutes
The similarity between the two set ups is clear! Think about it, in both situations you need the correct form to excel. One is much longer duration (cubicle work) the other is much higher load (bench) but both benefit from proper technique and conscious effort to get into the perfect anatomical position.
Next time your at your desk and you want to take your mind off the work, set yourself up for a bench press and you may just find yourself pounding out the reps or breazing through your work day.