Earthquake bench press:
- “Activates” the stabilizers
- Keeps shoulders healthy
- Teaching aid for creating tension
- Bent arm press
Overhead yoke carry:
A correctly performed bench press is an excellent exercise for the upper body… However… It’s use alone isn’t enough to ensure the correct balance of forces.
In the bench press, the shoulder blades are set in an adducted and depressed position, which prevents the action of your serratus anterior [a muscle responsible for the protraction, as well as the rotation and elevation, of the scapula]. You develop a good serratus anterior, along with pretty much everything else surrounding your shoulder joint, when pressing and stabilizing overhead.