If you are just starting out trying to put on some muscle you may not be as experienced as others in your local gym who have been doing things in the gym for years. If you are really interested in building your pectorals, triceps, shoulder muscles and biceps you will probably want to try out the bench press machine as soon as you get there. But if you have never used one before you might want to follow these steps in order to get the most out of your workout.
You should look for a bench press machine that can be adjusted to be on an incline. You are more than likely going to want to be able to move your position often when you are trying to work with the different muscle groups during your workout.
Once you are ready, sit down on the bench comfortably and make sure that your back is up against the bench's rest. You will then need to use the weight pin in order to select the right level of the weight that you want to use for this particular workout. If you are new at this, it's really a good idea if you start off light and then work your way up to the heavier weights. It's important to remember to make sure that the pin is placed completely into the nub that is used as the positioning guide.
Now you will take the bench press bars and hold them firmly in your hands. Generally the machines will have two of these bars and they are connected to an axis that is under the machine. Some however, will have two levers that are independent and they will make sure the weight is evenly distributed to each arm.
Once you have your grip you should take in a breath just before you actually begin to press the weight. It is very important that you know how to breathe properly when you are bench pressing anything. It is vital when you are trying to do any kind of strength training or muscle building.
Next you will go ahead and press the weight forward. You should use a very steady and even type of motion to make sure that the weight is evenly distributed to maximize the effort for both of your arms. If things are out of balance it's going to do more harm than good during your workout.
You should next bring the weights to stopping just a little before your elbows are locking. If you lock your elbows while you are doing this you could cause some serious injury to them. Plus if you hold the weight for a bit before locking your elbows is going to make the exercise more effective.
Now you can lower your arms back to their neutral position but make sure that you do this slowly. All the while you should be breathing at a steady and even pace. Whatever you do, never hold your breath while you are working out with weights.
Once you have finished with that you simply repeat the same process over and over until you feel you have had enough reps. Make sure not to overdo it. No pain, no gain is a myth so it's important to remember that.