A great trick to engaging your lats on the Bench Press is to use a false, or suicide grip. I remember reading about this guy out in what I believe was California. He had a garage gym where he'd have people over to bench press. He developed multiple national champion benchers in this tiny little garage space
What I remember from reading this book was that they trained with a false or suicide grip, whichever you'd like to call it. It is a thumbless grip where you don't wrap the thumb around the bar. Now if this guy could develop so many champion benchers in such a small space I knew there was something going on to this style of benching
Over the past few years I've played around with this grip in my secondary bench work. What I found is using a false grip is extremely effective in teaching someone how to engage their lats to lower the bar. When you take out the wrist joint and the stability provided by that, you can't fully engage the arms. Not great if you want to bench big but its awesome at getting you to lower the bar with the lats opposed to the arms, which in turn will lead to huge bench presses
Check out this video on the subject and give this style of benching a try. I think you will feel the difference right off the bat. Once you can transfer this feel of benching with the lats into your regular bench set up then you will see your bench press numbers explode
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