The floor press can be done using a barbell or dumbbells. This is a great exercise for upper body strength- working chest, triceps, shoulders and core.
This exercise is performed in a lying position on the floor with either legs extended or knees bent. Floor presses takes out the leg drive which makes the upper body pressing muscles and core work hard.
There is a shorter range of motion than the traditional bench press as the lifter’s elbows and triceps will make contact with the floor on the lowering phase. This restricted range of motion increases the loading demands on the triceps. You don't rely on elastic energy doing this exercise like you can with the bench press, as you start from a static position with each rep. Your muscles need to quickly turn on and produce speed and strength to drive the bar off the ground, which can help develop power. Working in this limited range can help improve lockout or the sticking points in the bench press.
Another benefit of the floor press is it can be easier on the shoulder joints than the traditional bench press as the limited range of motion puts less stress on the shoulders
How To Perform
This exercise can also be performed with dumbbells.
Jamie Miller- Personal Trainer
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