Isometric Bench Press

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  1. Louis M

    Louis M New Member

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    I work out alone in the mornings and I am able to do squats, tricep extensions, deadlifts, etc. without a problem b/c I don't have a spotter. However, I kinda feel uncomfortable with benching w/o a spotter. Is the machine where you sit and push out (i think it's called an isometric bench press) THAT much worse than using free weights? If so, are there any other suggestions for what I could do?
     
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    ask someone in the gym, I'm sure they won't mind....
     
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    Chris3G Bullshark Testosterone

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    ask someone for a spot, and also use db's. you should be using both anyway
     
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    good point about the db's, b/c then i can just drop them... also wouldn't that be pretty close to a bench press if i just held two dumbells and lifted them in the same motion?
     
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    bench in the power rack, set the pins so that they won't get in the way of your rom, but they would catch the bar before it crushed you

    as far as the machine being worse than free weight, it kinda depends on what you are there trying to accomplish in the first place. If you are a beginner and you are looking to just get in shape, go ahead and use the machine.
     
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    cavefish You ain't a crook son, you just a shook one

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    I still use the hammer strength iso-lateral machines occaisonally, they're not all that bad.
     
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    that would be pretty tough. full rom should almost include the 'oh shit im getting crushed' distance.


    hammer strength isn't that bad... but you could just try not working to failure. i almost always bench without a spot.
     
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    it works for me, i just have to squeeze out from under the bar sometimes and move forward while it rests on the pins and slightly on my chest...ive never had a problem
     
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    full rom is touching the chest and back to full extention

    if you are full of air and using any arch whatsoever you should be able to bench without the pins interference....when you need to dump just lose the arch and the breath...
     
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    i know its possible, i just said it 'would be pretty tough' because, admittedly, it's not that large a margin between full rom and getting stapled, and when you factor in other variables such as pin placement of the racks, height of the bench, and size of the invdividual, it can be 'pretty tough' to hit the sweet spot you're talking about.

    personally i just find it easier not working to failure, since going to failure isn't necessary for muscle growth.
     
  11. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    just use dumbbells
     
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    Is the smith machine ok combo'd with dumbells? I been back in the gym for three 3 weeks and for chest doing:

    Smith bench press to failure
    Smith decline to failure
    Incline dumbell
    Bent arm barbell pullover
    dumbbell flyes

    Just curious since the smith machine isn't mentioned much here, I prefer to use it because I can go to failure on my regular bench, my size doesn't work well throwing up dumbbells yet:wtc:
     
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    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    :wtf:
     
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    smith machine is better suited for incline bench than flat bench because of the nature of the movement.
     
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