Arching back and driving feet when benching?

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  1. lif

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    Question about benching... i know you can bench more when arching back and driving feet into the ground... but does this take away from the actual working of the chest?

    I don't care for putting up big numbers... that'll come with time, im more concerned with actually working the pectorals.

    Oh... and while I'm at it, I might as well ask the 90 degree question, i saw a thread awhile ago but it became a cluster fuck. Is it bad (for shoulders and i already have bad shoulders) to bring the bar below 90?
     
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    if you're aiming to target pecs, use little to no arch and no drive
     
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    Benching "powerlifting style" isn't exactly the way to a big chest
     
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    This is what i thought... just wanted to hear everyone else's opinion on it
     
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    Dumbell bench is more of a bodybuilding movement.
     
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    I've been doing dumbells for awhile now since my left was lagging behind my right, it's time i switch it up. I'm gonna start alternating bench and dumbells bi-weekly. I have no idea what my bench is at tho, i do 85 lb dumbells 5X5 :dunno:
     
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    how do you figure....what constitutes a "bodybuilding" movement
     
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    I think he's referring to that it takes more effort to stabilize the weight when using dumbells...but that != bigger muscles
     
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    Haha posting drunk ftl. What I've heard is dumbell bench isolates the chest more, not necessarily a "bodybuilding" movement but a chest isolation movement.
     
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    If you want to isolate your chest more, lift your legs up and bend your knees while laying on the bench (bar or dumbell). It will help you maintain a straighter back and put more pressure on the pectoral muscles.
    Most powerlifters, or those looking to move big weight plant there feet, ass, and shoulders while curving there back to provide power overall.

    I look at bar bench as more of a shoulder, tri movement then chest as I don't just isolate my chest.
     
  12. Eschafer

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    both db and bb bench can isolate just the chest.

    you get a greater range of motion with dumbells.
     
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    + it works your stabilizers more
     
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    dumbbells incorporate more muscles, not fewer
     
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    Sgt. Ownage you gon' be just fiiiine

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    dude hes drunk again.....:hsugh:
     
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    :wtc:
     
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    if you really want to isolate your pecs ( and i know ill probably get flamed for saying it) go with machines
     
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    you got a point, again no flaming.
     
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