Motorcyclist Health- Bench Press

Bench press will work your chest, shoulders, and your triceps. The more you can bench press, the more muscle you will gain in this area (to a certain degree). This is the same with all exercises, not just this one specifically. A strong upper body means having more control of the bars when you’re racing on the track or even riding a dirt bike. As a rider, I noticed a big difference when I began engaging my upper body to control the bike rather than just using my arms. My arms don’t feel heavy and my wrists don’t hurt. Your burn out time will decrease when you stop controlling the bike with your arms and begin using your entire upper body instead.


Important tips to keep in mind:

  • Lay on a bench with your legs bent backwards far enough that your feet still remain flat on the floor
  • Create a slight arch in your back however this will vary depending on your training style and preference.
  • Slight meaning you can fit a hand between your back and the bench.
  • This is created by tightening your lats and contracting the shoulder blades
  • Creating this arch will help to stabilize and drive the weight up.
  • Grip the back of the bar approximately shoulder width apart. Use the rings on the bar to space your grip evenly.
  • This position will help to lock your shoulders into place and give you more power. However, this will be different for everyone.
  • When you un-rack the bar, rotate your hands are now on the bottom of the bar. Doing so will make the bar in-line with the wrists.
  • When performing the rep, engage your lats, use your legs to stabilize and push your shoulders into the bench.
  • Slowly lower the bar to your chest keeping your elbows in (to prevent strain and injuries with heavier weight) and push up until your arms are straight.
  • Inhale when you un-rack the bar, lower the bar, breathe out when pushing the bar up.

Article By Cassandra Carillo
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Repurposing on the road

Estelea's Blog

Spend some times in the Philippines and you’ll very soon realise that the sky is the limit when it comes to make the best with what you have. Creativity doesn’t need money to express itself at best.

Your motorbike is too small to fit 6 passengers? Take a basket ball to make an additional seat!


Wish you could fit 4 more kids on your bike? Here you go:


The first time Mr Attila rode a tricykad with his sister, I freaked out when I realised there was no proper brake .. So he showed me how “kuyas do it. See, all I need is a flip flop“. And of course it works 🙂


One more for the road? Because it s not all about looking straight forward. Looking up is great too (when you don’t drive though):


I’ve seen beautiful repurposed pieces during Christmas in Bantayan. Click here to…

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Motorcycle trip from Poland to Croatia and more: Part 1

Stories from Europe

I am back from a fantastic motorcycle trip covering many countries to the East and South of Poland that I had wrote aboutbefore going here. I went with three people – my boyfriend, Stanislaw, and friends, Justyna and Mateusz. The four of us were on two motorcycles and we girls were on the passenger seats. The whole trip was about the motorcycle journey rather than the destinations alone. We did stop at our points of interest for a day or two (and four in Croatia 😛 ), but it was really about relishing the journey as we passed along varied, stunning landscapes and big cities and pretty villages and so much more that make Europe so interesting.

img_20160811_143309 A few hours into the journey, Justyna and Mateusz

The first day – we left Lodz at about 13:30. After half an hour or so of riding, I started to get comfortable with the…

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$3.50 changed (and risked) my life

Vagabond Urges

I was in trouble. Both immediate and longer-reaching. A major part of my life had just shifted, bringing a serious challenge to the way I’d been doing things. Travel, this deep love and part of my life, might never be the same. For about $3.50

feeding-the-buffalo Moments like this, a local woman hacking slivers of banana trunk off to feed water buffalo on her volleyball court. How…quotidian.

How many long bus rides, watching the undiscovered world out the window, seeing these unlabeled moments of interest blur past, nothing I can do, the driver’s in charge? But now, with the rubbery grip of a rented motorbike twisting its satisfying pull of kinetic energy beneath me, I was the decider. This day in Viet Nam might have changed everything. Would I be able to travel as I used to? Or would every trip have to be evaluated for its accessibility to motorbikes? And…

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2017 International Motorcycle Show

I JUST WANT 2 RIDE!! The view of the show from up high

Debbie and I went to the Washington DC International Motorcycle Show on the 8th of January.  But before I tell you about the show I have to tell you about the adventure we had just getting to the show. 

On a Sunday morning, barring accidents, it can take about 45 minutes to get to the Washington DC convention center from our home by car.  The problem is that parking in DC is very bad on the very best day, so we elected to take the metro/subway instead.  That was a big mistake! 

First and foremost we forgot that system was undergoing major overalls on the rail lines.  Second the trains are less frequent on weekends and third it was 12F and windy.  Sooooo, we quickly learned that we should have just driven in by car.

 The long story…

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