Zombies have really gotten a plethora of press as of late. Eating another’s face off after ingesting “bath salts” is apparently becoming the new grisly crime du jour.
The grisly assault on a homeless man whose face was eaten by a deranged assailant lasted for 18 agonizing minutes and was captured on nearby surveillance cameras.
Rudy Eugene, who authorities suspect may have been high on a dangerous new street drug known as “bath salts,” had to be shot four times by a police officer to halt the cannibalistic attack.
- ABC News
Bath salts? WTF?
“Bath salts” have apparently become increasingly popular in the Miami party scene and it has been suggested they can trigger extremely violent outbursts.
Bon appetit; ya know?
I love talking about the Zombie Apocalypse. It can’t come soon enough as far as I’m concerned. To be honest, I think I have a lot of bottled anger and pent-up aggression that I wouldn’t mind releasing on droves of fucking zombies – a la ZOMBIELAND (just keep Bill Murray away from my itchy trigger finger please).
However, I’ve already digressed in excess, because this is a blog about BENCH PRESS TRAINING and an extremely effective exercise that has found its way into my programming – The Dead Press (aka Pin Presses) or, for the purposes of this blog, The Walking Dead Press.
A little about The Walking Dead Press:
- It builds tremendous upper body strength which is of paramount importance for holding-off throngs of zombies
- It is a fantastic exercise for the development of bench press starting strength
- The lift is performed by pressing “dead” weight off your chest (I start the weight about one inch off my chest, resting on the pins in a power rack)
- The exercise eliminates the elastic muscular energy stored in the eccentric motion (i.e. the lowering of the bar) of the bench press (because there is no eccentric motion!)
- The dead press is performed for single repetitions only
- The bar needs to be pushed with compensatory acceleration (i.e. as hard and fast as possible)
- The lift can really help build your pressing confidence; for example, if you can successfully dead press 315, you know that weight should translate to an easy meet opening lift (in a powerlifting meet, even with the pause at the chest, a certain percentage of elastic muscular energy is retained from the eccentric phase – so, if you can Walking Dead Press it, bench pressing it should be a cinch). Note: this holds true for the RAW bencher.
May 2012 Bench Press Training Sample:
2 x 430
1 x 455
1 x 480
The Walking Dead Press
Bar set in power rack approximately 1 inch above chest
1 x 410
1 x 430
1 x 455
Band Triceps Pushdowns
Face Pulls superset with Incline Bench Rear Delt Raises
Please send any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a link to a great article about the Dead Press by Josh Bryant: Bring your Bench Press Alive with the Dead Bench
Recently Jeremy Hoornstra, who is trained by Josh Bryant, broke the RAW All-time world record for a 242 pounder, by benching a staggering 661 lbs; see video below:
Here is a video of Jeremy Hoornstra performing an insane 600lbs Dead Press: