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definition of the word bench_press

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A man performing a bench press.

bench press (plural bench presses)

  1. (weightlifting) An exercise preformed by pressing the weight of a barbell away from one's body while lying on a bench.
    • 1974, Charles Gaines & George Butler, Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding, page 18.
      ...Nubret has pushed and pulled maniacally at iron while sustaining a diet that would explode an ordinary metabolism—doing for that renowned chest, for instance, forty sets of twenty benchpresses (pushing 210 pounds off his chest a total of eight hundred times every other day) []

to bench press (third-person singular simple present bench presses, present participle bench pressing, simple past and past participle bench pressed)

  1. (weightlifting) To press the weight of a barbell away from one's body while lying on a bench.
    • 1988, Frederick C. Hatfield, "Powersource: Ties that bind", Ironman 47 (6): 21.
      I went home and bench pressed 30 pounds more than I had ever done before.

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