Who invented the bench press?


The bench press, as commonly practiced today, does not have a singular inventor but evolved over time. George Hackenschmidt, a strongman from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is often credited with popularizing the floor press, a precursor to the modern bench press. He performed a version of the press named the "Hackenschmidt floor press," which was similar but occurred on the ground. Over time, this evolved with the introduction of a bench and rack setup, becoming the bench press that is widely used today 1.

Origin of Bench Press

Sal, Adam, and Justin discuss the history of the bench press, its origins in strength training and bodybuilding, and its evolution over time. They explore the popularization of the bench press by bodybuilders and its use in sports like football.

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