1 Sling Shot Bench Press

The Sling Shot is the creation of the always innovative powerlifter Mark Bell. This apparatus is a supportive mechanism for the upper body that allows you to handle more weight while bench pressing. The basic Sling Shot allows a lifter to handle about 10 percent more than their actual max. In other words, 270 pounds basically becomes 300.

If your shoulders just winced at that description, fear not. The Sling Shot is designed to reduce the stress on your chest, shoulders, and elbows while placing an overload directly on the triceps. Because of the herculean loads being used and the reduction of chest and shoulder contribution, triceps growth is a foregone conclusion!

Sling Shot Bench Press


The Sling Shot has no learning curve; just throw it on and it’s time to get it on! It’s a great standalone movement.

Key Training Tips
  • You can use the Sling Shot across different rep ranges. To train for strength, go as heavy as possible for 3-5 sets of 1-3 reps. For a mix of strength and hypertrophy, do 2-4 sets of 4-6 reps with maximum intensity. For maximum hypertrophy, perform 3-4 sets of 8 or more reps.
  • To amplify its effects on the triceps, perform Sling Shot bench presses with a relatively close grip.