Scaps in Bench Press

Recently a reader came across a link from Dr. Yessis that he asked me to review.

Every so often something like this comes out from Dr. Yessis.

Basically, I have absolutely no idea what he is talking about.
Is he just being a contrarian? Perhaps. If that’s the case, that really sucks because there is no need for him to gear up publicity for someone with his experience and acumen.

As for the specifics of this question, any time there is humeral movement, there must be accompanied scapular movement. This is indeed for the bench press. Particularly with ball and socket joints, the body moves very osteopathically. There must be an accomodation in one direction for anything that occurs on the other side of the joint. So if the message is that the scaps do not stay 100% locked into 1 position, I am inclined to agree with that.
If the message is the scaps should protract as if attempting to isolate the serratus anterior (just for illustration; I know that is not the goal in a bench press), I don’t think you will find too many experienced and/or successful bench presses that would agree with that.

Get the shoulder packed in. Try to keep them in as you move the humerus. This is the essence of the joint by joint and mobility and stability. You will express better when the scaps can simply be more stable than the mobile humerus.

I’ve read the post from Yessis twice now, and I’m sorry. I just don’t where he’s coming from.

Please check out for a similarly reputable resource but probably a little more consistent information on some of the how’s and why’s to bench pressing.

  • September 5, 2010

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