Vince Gironda Wide Grip Neck Presses

Another Gironda favorite was wide-grip neck presses.

Essentially, a bench press but with a wider-than-shoulder width grip on the bar, but instead of the bar being lowered to the lower or middle of the pec area, it is lowered to the base of the neck.

Many people don’t do this exercise because it’s much more difficult to handle heavier weights compared to a standard bench press, but the movement involves much more pec than shoulder and is extremely effective.

  1. I can comment on the fact that after doing these “wide grip” bench sets, you can clearly feel the difference in your chest. I do these regularly and love them compared to the standard “closer grip” bench-press.

  2. i alternate these with the bench press twice a week. In my opinon this is one of the best, if not the best, chest exercises.

  3. After years of Bench Pressing and a poor chest to show for it, I stumbled upon Vince’s writings and started to use the Neck Press and the Chest dip. The results were amazing because I have a chest now. 😆

  4. Hi, I have a question for this exercise when doing this what do you guys do with the shoulders are the tucked in or flared out thanks?

  5. My physique must be contrarian or something. I have done regular bench pressing for quite a while, and when I flex the pecs, most of the mass seems to be in the upper portion. I have no lower pec line! How do I remedy this?

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