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Barbell Guillotine Bench Press

Exercise Profile

Body PartChest
Primary MusclesPectoralis Major Sternal Head
Secondary MusclesDeltoid Anterior, Pectoralis Major Clavicular Head, Triceps Brachii
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Introduction to the Barbell Guillotine Bench Press

The Barbell Guillotine Bench Press is a strength training exercise that primarily targets the upper chest muscles and secondarily the shoulders and triceps. It's an ideal workout for both beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts who aim to enhance their upper body strength and muscle definition. People would want to do this exercise as it provides a more intense workout for the chest muscles compared to the traditional bench press, promoting muscle growth and improved upper body power.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Barbell Guillotine Bench Press

  • Grasp the barbell with your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and lift the bar off the rack with your arms fully extended.
  • Lower the barbell to your upper chest or neck area in a controlled manner, keeping your elbows flared out to the sides.
  • Pause for a moment when the barbell is close to touching your neck or chest, ensuring not to let it rest on your body.
  • Push the barbell back up to the starting position, fully extending your arms but not locking out your elbows to maintain tension in your chest muscles. Repeat the process for your desired number of repetitions.

Tips for Performing Barbell Guillotine Bench Press

  • Grip and Bar Path: Grasp the barbell with a grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. The bar should be directly above your neck, hence the name 'guillotine'. A common mistake is to bring the bar down to the chest, as in a traditional bench press, but the correct path for a guillotine press is to lower the bar to your neck.
  • Controlled Movement: Lower the bar in a slow and controlled manner, allowing it to lightly touch your neck before pushing it back up. Avoid dropping the bar quickly or bouncing it off your neck, as this can be dangerous and reduce the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Breathing: Breathe in as you lower the

Barbell Guillotine Bench Press FAQs

Can beginners do the Barbell Guillotine Bench Press?

Yes, beginners can do the Barbell Guillotine Bench Press exercise, but it's crucial to start with light weights to master the technique first. This exercise requires careful attention to form to avoid injury, especially to the shoulder and neck area. It's also recommended to have a spotter, especially for beginners, to ensure safety. As with any new exercise, beginners should consult with a fitness professional or trainer to ensure they are performing the exercise correctly.

What are common variations of the Barbell Guillotine Bench Press?

  • Dumbbell Guillotine Bench Press: Instead of using a barbell, this variation uses dumbbells, allowing for a greater range of motion and independent movement of each arm.
  • Close-Grip Guillotine Barbell Bench Press: This variation involves holding the barbell with a closer grip, which places more emphasis on the triceps and the inner chest muscles.
  • Decline Guillotine Barbell Bench Press: This variation is performed on a decline bench, targeting the lower portion of the chest muscles.
  • Smith Machine Guillotine Bench Press: This variation uses a Smith machine, which provides stability and safety, especially for those new to the exercise or lifting heavy weights.

What are good complementing exercises for the Barbell Guillotine Bench Press?

  • Push-ups: Push-ups are a bodyweight exercise that works the same muscle groups as the Barbell Guillotine Bench Press, including the pectorals, triceps, and deltoids, which can help enhance your strength and stability for the bench press.
  • Tricep Dips: Tricep dips focus on the triceps brachii muscle, which is a secondary muscle group engaged during the Barbell Guillotine Bench Press, thus strengthening this muscle can contribute to a more effective and controlled barbell lift.

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