My name is Dana Sanders, former NFL runningback turned fitness trainer. We are here today in Seattle, Washington at beautiful Alki Point with LIVESTRONG.com. Today's question, what are the benefits of full range motion on a bench press? One of the most important things on full range motion for bench press is that it incorporates the stabilizer muscles which are super important. Usually if you are doing a short range motion, you don't get the full benefit of the full range because you are not incorporating your stabilizers. Your stabilizers really get engaged because you have to take the weight off the bar, if you're on a bench press or whatever you are doing where that weight is not secured, you've got to bring that weight up and your muscles have to adjust sideways and vertically. So what you want to do is if you are doing say a bench press, you want to take the weight off the bar, it can be completely extended, bring it all the way down and then take it all the way back up and by doing this you are really going to engage every part of the muscle fiber. You're going to engage your slow as well as your fast twitch muscle. One of the downsides of completely extending is the further that you are away from your body, the more pressure you are going to put on the base joint. So if you are bench pressing and you press the weight all the way out, most of the pressure is going to be right down here on your shoulders. So just keep that in mind when you are starting to bench press or lift heavier weights. Now it's a bit harder to do a full range motion with dumbbells simply because they're in individual hands. If you take your dumbbells and put them together, then you start and you press from your chest, it's a little bit easier to extend that way because you have support by putting them together but once you take them apart, there's less support, there's more pressure on your shoulder, but you do engage your stabilizers a little bit more. So just keep that in mind when you do it and those are some of the benefits as well as some of the downside of full range motion. My name is Dana Sanders with LIVESTRONG.com and remember, happiness is a choice to choose to be happy and live strong.