- Target Muscle Group
- Exercise TypeStrength
- Equipment RequiredDumbbell
- Force TypePush (Bilateral)
- Experience LevelAdvanced
- Secondary Muscles
Resistance Banded Dumbbell Bench Press Overview
The resistance banded dumbbell bench press is a chest building exercise that also indirectly targets the shoulders and triceps.
The resistance banded dumbbell bench press is a variation of the dumbbell bench press. It is an excellent option for those looking for a more advanced way to strengthen and build the muscles of the chest.
The resistance band used in resistance banded dumbbell bench press provides a way to keep constant tension on the pecs during the dumbbell bench press. It also gives the lifter different variables of intensity during the exercise, with the most intense resistance coming at the peak contraction at the top of the movement.
Resistance Banded Dumbbell Bench Press Instructions
- Loop a band around the palms of your hands and then wrap the band around your back.
- You may need a partner to assist with this part - Pick up the dumbbells off the floor using a neutral grip (palms facing in). Position the ends of the dumbbells in your hip crease, and sit down on the bench.
- To get into position, lay back and keep the weights close to your chest. Once you are in position, take a deep breath, and press the dumbbells to lockout at the top.
- Slowly lower the dumbbells under control as far as comfortably possible (the handles should be about level with your chest).
- Contract the chest and push the dumbbells back up to the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
**Dropping the dumbbells to the side is discouraged unless you are experienced with the technique or using excessively heavy weights.
**Ideally you should twist the dumbbells back to neutral (palms facing each other), bring your knees up so the ends of the dumbbells are touching your thighs, then use the weight of the dumbbells to rock back to an upright, seated position.
Resistance Banded Dumbbell Bench Press Tips
- Maintain more tension through the pecs by not locking out the elbows entirely.
- Keep the weights slightly tilted at a 45 degree angle in order to keep the elbows in a neutral position.
- Don’t allow the dumbbells to collide at the top of each rep - bouncing them together may cause you to lose stability within the shoulder and injure yourself.
- Squeeze the dumbbells as tight as possible to improve a phenomenon known as “irradiation” which promotes greater shoulder stability.
- Keep your shoulder blades pinched together to ensure the shoulders remain in a safe position.
- Imagine you’re trying to push yourself away from the weights rather than pushing the weights away from yourself.
- If you’re feeling pain within the shoulder joint itself (specifically at the front), ensure your shoulder blades are slightly retracted and try to keep the shoulder girdle “packed”.
- Ensure you maintain some tension in your abs and don’t allow your lower back to excessive arch.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor and don’t allow the lower body to move during the set.