bench press

Is it neccessary to squeeze your shoulder blades together during the bench press and other chest pressing exercises to make the chest do most of the work?

That was a good question. I have always done my pushups and presses as a “Push-up plus” accentuating the serratus anterior. I have hyper-mobile shoulders which always get sore, and have also seen the articles saying to keep your shoulders back to take them out of the movement(to a point). Upon performing them myself, keeping the scapulae retracted I did find to have more chest work and less pain the shoulders. Try it yourself and see the difference! ;)