By Aaron Mehl
Contributor, Sports+Fitness Network
Much to the dismay of “old school” lifters and coaches, the bench press has become the king of lifts. Squatting, dead lifting, and impressive Olympic lifting feats have been replaced by a lift that many years ago was not even included in powerlifting meets! Even commercial gyms that may not have anything to squat out of (unless you count a smith machine, I don’t) will have a row of benches. The bench has now become the “go-to” lift when someone wants to ask how strong you are. Regardless of how great or how bad a person’s bench press is, the most important thing a lifter can do is to execute it as safely and efficiently as possible.