Nearly a year ago I wrote an article about the reverse grip bench press. The article touts the potential gains to upper chest stimulation from utilizing this grip. Despite direct statements from prominent figures in the bodybuilding world regarding the benefits, I dug deeper to find the truth about the Reverse Grip Bench Press.
There were tons of articles and PhD’s who referenced a research study done at a Chiropractic College in Canada. The interesting thing about research or information is that if there is enough information on a subject, then we all believe it to be true right? It’s like if they keep telling you there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, eventually you’ll believe it, despite the fact that they aren’t really there. Then when it turns out that the information was false, it’s all smoke and mirrors to lead you to believe it was all about something else.
Well, this is the status of our industry folks. The fitness industry seems to pride itself these days in pumping us full of information until we believe it to be true. We change our life; we buy their products; we pop pills and take protein powder because the â€œresearchâ€ tells us that it’s good for us. Who’s research? Just so happens the so-called research is often funded by the same people who want the product in your hands. Often times your protein powder comes from the same factory as the protein powder sitting right next to your favorite brand. They just packaged it differently.
I say all of this to tell all of you readers that I don’t pull any punches. When I’m wrong, I’ll admit it to you. Why? Because I am like everyone else in this world…flawed and still learning daily. I am able to evolve and change. Science is always presenting us with new ideas and new information and when you have the ability to adapt and change, it makes you a stronger person. Like Bruce Lee once said, â€œBe Water.â€
So about a month ago I finally got hold of the actual research study from Canadian Chiropractic College. It’s taken me a while to get around to posting this retraction, but I needed time to formulate my thoughts and opinions. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this study doesn’t seem to support any additional gains or muscular stimulation to the upper chest from reverse grip bench press. Most other articles supporting this idea seem to have been retracted or removed altogether. Original articles that I used to support my report have been removed and it was only after a significant amount of digging that I came across this.
Here’s the link to the full study done at Canadian Chiropractic College, which you can read for yourself: