Some guys may find touching the bar to their chest represents no problem at all for their shoulders. Others will find such depth painful and counter productive. The idea here is to be able to keep benching, not be sidelined with shoulder injuries because some idiot told you that benching counts only if you go all the way down. Instead, concentrate on squeezing the muscle at the top of the movement. The stretch at the bottom should be minimal, allowing you to keep tension on your chest with as little as possible on your shoulders. If you get accused of doing partial reps, remember that half a rep is better than none. If your own particular physiology is such that touching the bar to your chest represents excessive stress on your shoulder, it’s only a matter of time before you stop benching. Bench smart— listen to your body! Also, since this routine requires that you find your bench-pressing limits, a spotter— preferably a training partner— is required.