Whether for recreational use, sports performance, bodybuilding or powerlifting the bench press historically has played an important role in development and measurement. The exercise is performed in a variety of manners using a variety of grip widths, ranges of motions, speeds of movement and exercise intensity.

What has been determined through extensive research is that the tricep brachii and pectoralis major have higher activity than anterior deltoid during the movement and the tricep brachii’s activity is most subject to change given the variety of ways the exercise is performed.

The Bench Press - A Great Way to Get Strong