“Pull” the bar out using your lats. If you’ve ever performed a pullover of any type, you know what I’m talking about here. The goal is to “pull” the bar out, so you barely clear the racks. This will help you maintain your upper back stability and positioning, while getting you into the appropriate position to bench. DO NOT press the bar up and out to clear the racks; you’ll lose your upper back tension, and therefore, your stability.
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