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You will find combination exercises in many of our training routines because we are big fans of efficient workouts that maximize muscle building and fat loss in good time. With a proper amount of weight, good combination movements – use the hammer lock to push, the barbell squat to curl and push, or the reverse lunge to push – target multiple muscle groups in one motion and help you get out of the gym faster.
Perhaps that was the idea Armz Korleone had when he combined a 100kg bench press with situps for five reps. The internet bodybuilder, who has 20,000 YouTube subscribers, did this by holding his feet on the floor with heavy dumbbells.
Watch him beat his chest and stomach at the same time:
100 kg bench press in sit-ups …
Summa around the corner has to get my abs and chest ready ? pic.twitter.com/BtpTb7KVFN
– A.K. (@ArmzKorleone), February 28, 2020
Outlets like ESPN recorded the video, and thousands applauded Korleons for their strength. However, others have warned that he is only exposed to serious injuries and is not overly impressed.
Count the Personal Trainer Gareth Sapstead, CSCS, to the latter. UK-based Fitness Maverick says the combination does nothing but improve Korleone's views.
"Neither your bench press nor your abdominal strength would benefit from doing this exercise, primarily because you underload part of the movement while fighting the other," Sapstead notes. In addition, he adds, lifting the bar to an overhead sit-up is “just stupidity”.
Korleone states that he is trying to hit his chest and stomach with "summa" just around the corner, but Sapstead fears that the lifter will only get an injury if he continues like this. "I'm sorry to say, but what you may think will give you six-pack abs will most likely give you a bad back and fleshy hip flexors," he says. "It may impress your gym friends, but it is neither a safe nor a useful way to use the bench press."
Instead, Sapstead recommends implementing more traditional supersets to hit your stomach and chest in the same workout. Simply select a movement (we have a large selection here) to end the bench press immediately. Then take a short break and repeat the process for as many sets as the training requires.
"You can put enough pressure on and improve your bench press while the abdominal exercise does not affect the weight you press," he says. "It's a great way to keep your exercise intensity high, burn extra calories, and save time."