how much back/legs do you use when you bench?

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  1. antihero

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    On a normal workout, for your heavy sets how much back arch and leg drive do you consider "too much"?

    I realized that lately im going all out with it, sometimes to the point where it may be getting ridiculous, but hey, if it helps me lift heavier, it cant be that bad, right? :coolugh:
     
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    i don't use any
     
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    when you bench? How on earth could you do that when your shoulders stay flat on the bench?
     
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    legs? On a bench?

    WTF?

    I hit 275 incline with my feet on the bench...

    similar to a situp position, I suppose...

    But my back stays flat, and it works...

    and yes, I know I suck at explaning shit.
     
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    as much as possible
     
  6. kit99bar

    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    Does your butt come off the bench?

     
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    I use them just enough to stabilize myself well while I arch my back to try to rock my chest rather than my front delts.
     
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    I sqeeze my shoulder blades back like you are supposed to when I bench.
     
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    i put my feet on the bench :eek3:
     
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    :eek: you guys don't use any? I never understood the feet on the bench people. you know you could lift a LOT more weight if you got some drive from your legs.

    The reason i think i may be going too far, is because im so arched i think im contorting my flat bench into a decline bench. :ugh:

    I can't even imagine benching heavy with my entire lower body limp
     
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    yeah, im pretty sure it is. Ill check next week. I'm assuming if it does then that would be "too far"?

    I have a bad feeling lately ive been on my feet and shoulder blades with nothing else touching... problem is that my weights have been shooting up really well.
     
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    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    the powerlifting rule is that if the butt comes up it doesn't count as a bench haha. I guess that's "too far". I want to try this out whenver I start benching again though.

     
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    you know you are supposed to arch your back and use your leg drive when benching right?
     
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    i've never been able to figure out leg drive
     
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    when I dig my traps into the pad, pull my lats in, and use a good leg drive, I'm good for 3-4 extra reps with the same weight.
     
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    depends on if you're going for chest development or pure strength. When I'm working with strength, I'll have quite a bit of leg drive and an arched back. If I'm just trying to workout my chest I try use as little legs/back as possible.
     
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    if you were going for looks/size/muscularity, wouldn't it be best to go for no leg drive most of the time, but just use it to help get those extra couple of reps in at the end?
     
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    i don't think i use my legs or back at all.
    the only thing i do it make sure my back is planted on the bench and stable
     
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    you could argue that the higher weight lifted would offset or even overcome that and produce more overall tension :dunno:
     
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    although bb bench isn't exactly the best movement for pure chest size imo
     
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    yeah i agree. but there can be alternative, albeit probably less optimal, solutions, especially if you have more goals than just size. although this is probably where concurrent periodization comes into play.
     
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    pretty sure i dont use any at all
     
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    Lets say im going for pure poundage, so i should be lifting power lifter style, I assume there still is a point of "too much". Is it when you cant even keep any semblance of your ass on the bench? sooner? whatever works, assuming i never plan to compete? :dunno:
     
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    lifting alot>looking like you can lift alot.

    And like someone else said, does the fact that you are lifting heavier weight make up for the difference in form?
     
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    You're kidding, right? :ugh:
     
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