Bench press: wrists straight or bent?

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  1. kit99bar

    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    I read an article today that recommended keeping your wrist straight to increase your bench. The theory was that if your wrist is straight it'd:
    1) put less pressure on your wrists
    2) allow the upward force of your tricepts/chest to apply directly into lifting the bar rather than through the bend of your wrist.

    Anyone else do this?

    I only ask because keeping your wrist straight will effectively make the bar go lower when you touch your chest which is counter productive to the "arch your back to lessen the ROM" tactic.

    thanks for the advice and info!
     
  2. MaineSucks

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    straight wrists, always. you will get injured with bent wrists, sooner or later. People wear wrist wraps to help keep their wrists straight


    and there is no T in tricep
     
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    Bent wrists? :ugh:
     
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    very possible
     
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    lots of people cock their wrists back and shelf the bar (especially people who go thumbless) and feel they have better control of the bar.


    it is also common when the load on the bar gets too heavy for wrists to support, thats why wrist wraps were invented
     
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    Sounds painful...
     
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    it feels normal to some people because they aren't reaching the limit of what their wrists can handle. once they get past that point it hurts like bitch - the wrist is inherently a weak point for the chain
     
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    I have to wrap past a certain point or my wrists will be in some serious pain but I've fucked them up in the past anyway from football/lifting back in the day.
     
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    Makes sense.. wraps ftw.
     
  12. kit99bar

    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    Thanks Maine
    PS yes my bench is light weight as heck so it's no where near close to being the weak point but better start good habits now rather than later

     
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    is going thumbless necessarily a bad thing?
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    No unless you like dumping the weight on your face.
     
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    if you bench that way in competition they make you sign a waiver first :ugh:
     
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    i wouldn't do it unless i was in a power rack with the pins set up :o
     
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    Going thumbless puts all of the pressure on one bone in the forearm instead of two. This is why there have been a few broken arms while benching in the last couple of years.
     
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    i have this issue with incline benching, i always thumb over and i have to be conscious about my wrists bent back. I think i will use my wrist wraps for once, thanks for reminding me.
     
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    i dunno how long your wraps are but make a point to go higher on the hand then you would normally go.

    you shouldnt be able to wiggle your hand back and forth. i'm gonna make a video later
     
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    Get the black metal wraps from EFS, i use them and they are pretty damn strong.
     
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    When i was at Mark Bell's gym, he told me not to wrap them that tight :dunno: So it doesn't cut off the circulation to your hand i guess.
     
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    jackass is also a freak of nature... knowing him he probably has 15 extra bones in his hand :rofl:

    It isnt a problem as long as you can wrap quickly and aren't standing around for the three lifters in front of you with your wrists wrapped, then it becomes a problem
     
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    bent when going heavy........upto 100db's i try and keep them straight.......
     
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