170916 Floor pressing with mechanics seats
If you do any type of upper bodywork, eventually you’re going to be doing floor presses; especially if you want to increase the amount of weight, you can bench press.
Sometimes just getting the power rack setup to do a floor press can be problematic. Not only are you going to be tying up the power rack to do the floor presses but you still have to move all of the chains, bands, and kettle bells over to that area. The other area of possible concern is how the floor feels on your elbows when they are under a load at the bottom of the lift.
In my opinion, the solution to both of these issues is to do floor press with two mechanics seats.
Normally a well-equipped weight-training gym is going to have all of the bench press material in one area centralized around the benches. Here you will have the different sizes of chains, the various sizes of stretch bands, and nephew smaller elastic bands to hold the kettle bells on the end of the bar. Carting all this stuff over the power rack is a needless and time wasting activity when you already have everything you need in one spot.
One of the easiest ways to simplify and incorporate a floor press movement into your bench press routine is to use mechanics seats. These can be purchased at almost any auto parts store or any of the major tool supply houses.
When buying these seats, get the ones that are heavily padded and adjust up-and-down with the flick of a lever. With this style of a seat, you can easily and quickly adjust the seat level at bench height or up to several inches above the top of the bench surface.
Now that you have your seats, it is time to start using them. There are several steps to take in order to get your seats set up correctly.
The initial one is to make sure the top of the mechanics seat is even with the top of the bench. You will want to lie on the bench, lift the bar off the rack and lower your arms down in your normal groove. Note where your elbows touch the mechanics seat; if they are way off to one side, then move the seat to where your elbows are touching the center at the bottom position of the lift.
The next thing to do is to make sure that the seats do not move while you’re lifting.
You can accomplish this simply by blocking each one in position with several weight plates. This simply keeps the seat where you want it to be as you lift.
Once you have your seats set up where you want them to be for normal floor pressing it is time to start making some height adjustments on it.
Adjusting the height of the seat allows you to work on your sticking point slightly below where it occurs during the lift. With these adjustable mechanics seats, you are able to go up in minutely small increments. (I realize that minutely and smaller are redundant terms, but they seemed to fit together in this sentence). This makes working on the sticking points all that more efficient.