Smith machine bench press throw

The Smith machine bench press throw is an exercise that helps develop pushing power that carries over to the traditional bench press. It involves pushing a relatively light weight (such as 30-50 percent of your 1RM) explosively and actually letting go at the top of the rep. It can work as power or speed-style training in a strength or athleticism-focused workout plan.


  1. Builds explosive pressing power in the chest, triceps, and shoulders
  2. Demands pressing with speed throughout the entire rep
  3. Builds rebound and elastic strength in the "catch" position

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Smith machine bench press throw Instructions

Smith machine bench press throw muscle diagram
  1. Using a smith machine, adjust the bar height so that when you are lying down the bar is slightly lower than arms distance away. Once you have added the appropriate weight to the bar, lie down on the bench and take a slightly than shoulder width grip on the bar. This will be your starting position.
  2. Lower the bar all the way down to your chest, and then in an explosive manner, push the bar up as fast as you can, releasing the bar from your grip at the top of the movement. Catch the bar with your arms extended, keeping a slight bend in your elbows.
  3. Lower the bar back down to the chest and repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.