Bench Sucks

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  1. Cumstang02

    Cumstang02 New Member

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    I think it is my shoulders since i'm feelin a lot of pressure there. I can "lock out" close to 300 so my triceps aren't the problem. My chest is weak but its only suffering because of an old shoulder injury. When i press anywhere over 200 the bar gets stuck about 3 inches off my chest and i can't push any further. Anyway, I'm going to start adding more overhead pressing.

    Behind the neck press
    Push Press
    and a assortment of raises.

    Does this sound reasonable?
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    do heavy back work as well
     
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    I have recently discovered that bench pressing is actually a back exercise!!! I'm serious!! I finally started using my lats to lower the weight and to initially drive the bar off of the chest and my bench went from 573 to 628 in 3 months!!! My lats get sore as hell after a bench workout and they have grown alot!!
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    maybe that's my problem :wtc:
     
  5. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    Any pointers on how to get your lats involved?
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    Grip the bar tight and try to pull it apart, I've found that helps to activate the lats more.
     
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    I'm still learning to lower the weight with my lats but i seem to get stuck about 3 inches off my chest. I try to drive my traps into the bench but it doesn't seem to help. Do you or Christoper think heavy over head pressing will help my bench? Shoulders seem to be my weakest link.
     
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    Yeah, i'm working with a powerlifter that is telling me the same thing.
     
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    Strong shoulders will definately help your bench!! Overhead pressing will help, just don't turn it into a max effort exercise.
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    i usually do sets of 3 on push presses where the next rep would be failure, should i change the rep scheme? :o
     
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    That's cool, you are leaving some in the tank!! I prefer sets of 6-10 but if it's working, keep doing it!!
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    i think push presses have been one of the most beneficial exercises i've done

    i go in the higher rep range when i do seated barbell/dumbbell presses, i feel i get the most out of it that way :p
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    i didn't train with a shirt so that's not the reason my chest and shoulders are weak :p
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    seated shoulder pressing is for lazy people
     
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    eat more
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    well if it helps my case, i did standing db shoulder presses today :hsughno:
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    i completely agree.

    i'm starting to incorporate standing BB military press for shoulders into my upper body days and recently i did DB press with elbows out to focus on my chest. However, some people I talk to avoid elbows out because of the possibilty of tearing a pec. What else can I do for my chest without running that risk? Also, what do you recommend for shoulders?
     
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    Devil I have become my terror. OT Supporter

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    have you tried neutral grip for db pressing?
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    yeah, but doesn't that put more emphasis on triceps and less on chest?
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    i've been told by a few people to avoid it :hsugh:
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    let me guess, they were powerlifters
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    i'm definitely not saying they were right by the way. is there more of a chance of tearing a pec BB benching elbows out?
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    correct :mamoru:
     
  24. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    lol. stupidity is rampant everywhere, not just with powerlifters.
     
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    The reverse hyper has also eliminated the need for physical therapists as it can fix any type of injury
     
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