This is a muscle analysis of when you do the bench press.

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Bench Press The bench press can be divided into two movements for analysis. The movements are the upward movement to extend the elbows and the return movement to the starting position. Movements to the upward position ØWrist and Hand ·Flexion (wrist and hand flexors have isometric contraction) oFlexor carpi radialis oFlexor carpi ulnaris oPalmaris longus oFlexor digitorum profundus oFlexor digitorum superficialis oFlexor pollicis longus ØElbow Joint ·Extension ·Elbow extensors oTriceps brachii oAnconeus ØShoulder Joint ·Flexion …

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…Flexion and Horizontal adduction ·Shoulder joint flexors and horizontal adductors oPectoralis major oAnterior deltoid oCoracobrachialis oBiceps brachii ØShoulder Girdle ·Abduction ·Shoulder girdle abductors oSerratus anterior oPectoralis minor Return Movement to Starting Position ØWrist and Hand ·Flexion oWrist and hand flexors have eccentric movement ØElbow Joint ·Flexion oElbow extensors have eccentric contraction ØShoulder Joint ·Extension and horizontal abduction oShoulder joint flexors and horizontal adductors have eccentric contraction ØShoulder Girdle ·Adduction oShoulder girdle adductors have eccentric contraction