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In a darkened room, a man in a blue tee shirt lies down on a bench and pushes a heavy barbell above his head.

Why The Bench Press Test Probably Doesn't Mean Much

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"Football is in no way, shape or form a muscular endurance sport," said Disa Hatfield of the University of Rhode Island. Making a tackle, launching your body to make a block, or making a cut to elude a defender all require muscles to make short, powerful bursts. For these reasons, Hatfield said, being good on the bench press doesn't translate to being a good football player. What the test can do, though, is reflect a prospect's work ethic, she said. A player who worked hard in the weight room to do well on the bench press would be someone who would likely also work hard for his football team. 

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