Determining Grip Width for Proposed Shoulder Saver Bench Bar
Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research
The bench press is a popular exercise used in strength training regimes. However, individuals with shoulder injuries are often precluded from performing the bench press or require some type of modification. Current modifications include using dumbbells or a multi-grip bar instead of the traditional straight bar. Another possible modification could be the proposed Shoulder Saver Bench Bar. The purpose of this study was to determine what the distance between the hand grips should be for the proposed bar as well as whether a “one size fits all” option would be possible. The results of the study suggest that 22 in. (56 cm) between the hand grips could suffice for a “one size fits all” option. However, offering the proposed bar in two sizes (i.e., 21 in. (53.96 cm) and 23 in. (58.77 cm)) is likely the preferred option to better accommodate users of various weights (≤ and > 165 lbs.).
Peterson, David D.; Tyms, Kaitlyn M.; and Smith, Mark Caleb, "Determining Grip Width for Proposed Shoulder Saver Bench Bar" (2022). Allied Health Faculty Publications. 99.