An example of what Dave Tate is doing with his own son. Before letting his son begin doing any bench press, his son has to be able to complete 30 perfect bar-push-ups. He places a barbell in the rack using a high pin placement. When his son is able to complete his 30 reps, he lowers the pin. This starts the movement at an easier angle to allow progressive overload over time and build confidence in the movement. When he reaches the bottom hole he'll start him benching just the bar, which should be easy at that point. That's a pretty good bench presser teaching his own son the way he feels is best.
He also believes that the push-ups build core strength that will be valuable when performing the bench press.
Last edited by Off Road; 02-11-2013 at 09:24 AM.