a weightlifting exercise in which one lies supine on a bench and with both hands pushes a barbell or fixed weight upward from chest level to arm's length and then lowers it back to chest level: usually repeated in sets.
one complete repetition of this exercise.
this exercise as an event in weightlifting competition.
Other definitions for bench-press (2 of 2)
to perform a bench press with (a weight): He is small but can bench-press more than 400 pounds.
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How to use bench press in a sentence
This gives the muscles more time under tension than the average bench press.
The strength group, in contrast, gained nine percent in their back squat one-rep max and seven percent in the bench press.
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they imagined sets of back squats and bench presses, starting with three sets of six reps and progressing to four sets of eight reps.
The control group, languishing in their apartments binge-watching Outlander, got three percent weaker in the back squat and four percent weaker in the bench press.
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But I could hold my own on the iron pile, by then being able to bench press close to 250 pounds.Why I Fear the Aryan Brotherhood—and You Should, Too | Anonymous | April 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Clark Kent can bench press six sextillion tons, reverse the rotation of the earth, and fly to the office in six seconds.Superman Quits His Newspaper Job? Good, He’s a Hack | Sujay Kumar | October 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He looked kind of odd, but he could bench-press four hundred and fifty pounds—three times his weight!
“They could probably tear a tree down with their hands,” says Bartee, recalling how Davis used to bench-press 400 pounds.
BUSH. . . and now I can bench press over three hundred pounds.
British Dictionary definitions for bench press
a weight-training exercise in which a person lies on a bench and pushes a barbell upwards with both hands from chest level until the arms are straight, then lowers it again
(intr) to carry out one or more bench presses
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