Try Powerlifter Jen Thompson’s Favorite Tip for a Stronger Bench Press

When it comes to improving on the bench press, few athletes know about that process more than powerlifting legend Jenn Thompson. She’s considered a technician on the bench press, aka an athlete who’s perfected/specialized in a movement and sits at the top of the elite. That’s why when we stumbled across Omar Isuf’s latest YouTube video featuring Thomspon we felt it was worth sharing.

The video features Thompson discussing one of her favorite tips to improve a bench press, and it was a little different than what we expected. Instead of your normal scapular tightness, joint stacking, and full body tightness, Thompson pointed out a cue often overlooked: Leg Drive. 

For the recreational and newer athlete, leg drive is a cue that can be tough to nail down and accomplish when dialing in technique. It’s a very subtle cue, but can throw off the whole bench press (or earn red lights) if not performed correctly.  In Isuf’s video, Thompson demonstrates how to setup and position one’s self to best utilize their leg drive, along with why it’s so important for moving big weight.

We highly suggest checking out the short video below and if you’re interested in just seeing the cue, then skip to about 2:00 in the video!

For those who don’t know Thompson, her competitive powerlifting resume is crazy impressive featuring six IPF Bench Press World Championships and four IPF Classic Powerlifting World Championships. In addition, she holds multiple world records including (not featured below her -63kg total world record):

If you want more bench press tips from Thompson, check out this article highlighting one of her favorite accessories that’s often overlooked and under utilized!

Featured image from Omar Isuf YouTube channel. 


Previous articlePowerlifter Yoshihiro Higa Squats 285kg, 9 Kilos Over His World Record
Next articleThe Ins and Outs of Opening Your Own Strongman Gym
Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.