more stupid noob questions from a big fatty noob

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  1. dwarfcat

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    When doing incline DB presses how far should you allow the weights to go down? I tend to keep my elbows tucked close and bring the weight down to chest level. Ive seen other people with the elbows all wide like they are getting ready to take off for flight. What is the correct way?
     
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    as far down as it feels comfortable IMO... everyones arm / chest/ shoulder proportions are different

    if it hurts or feels funny in a bad way... then its def too far
     
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    when i'm doing presses, i try to keep my forearms perpendicular to the floor - if that makes any sense - and bring my elbows down a little past 90 degrees
     
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    I usually go down to my chin...anything lower over a period of time I'll be looking at a potential shoulder injury. As far as what angle your arms should be at, I never flare my elbows out, but you don't have to go crazy tucking them in...somewhere in between, a "natural" feeling position will be best.
     
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    You should go down until you feel a slight stretch in your chest. Everybody's arms and shoulders are different, but generally if you want to know how far apart your hands should be, when they come down the inside plate of the DB should be in line vertically with the outside your shoulders.
     
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    thanks for the info guys, it seems like im squeezing my shoulder blades at the bottom of my set, is this incorrect?
     
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    correct me if im wrong but the squeeze you should be feeling should be majority in your chest and some in your delts??
     
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    Tucked elbows is PL style and flared is more old school BB style, and is more harmful to your shoulders.
     
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    you should keep your upper back tight along with shoulders blades squeezed in and down during the entire set
     
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    There are some trainers who are against this. If you have any sort of shoulder injury history, they would recommend that you don't take the weight down quite as far. If you find you're going down to the point where your elbows are going inwards at the bottom of your rep, you're likely going a bit too far down anyways. Or, you may just have poor flexibility in the shoulders and rotator cuffs, and you should try stretching them more often.
     
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    you guys = ftw
     
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