Which bench method is correct?!

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  1. _Kanwisher!

    _Kanwisher! Guest

    I'm by no means a body builder, or built at all, I just joined the gym 2 weeks ago, already showing positive results. And I need a question answered for me once and for all.

    I see a lot of big guys, cut guys, people that have obviously been lifting for a long time, not coming to their chest when using the benchpress. From experience it is much easier, and I can lift signifigantly much more weight doing that, but I thought it was an incorrect way of doing it. Can someone inform me?

    Cliffs: Bench to the chest, or half way?
     
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    go all the way
     
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    Go all the way.

    Of course you can push more weight if you're doing it half ass
     
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    go all the way down so that it touches your chest but dont let it rest on your chest
     
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    I saw this dude last week, small as me if you can believe it, and he was doing incline bench. Well I noticed he had 185 loaded....so I'm thinking, fuck no I gotta see this.

    So I observe from a distance....he unracks, and I kid you not does a whopping 4 inches of motion. :ugh2: I guess it made him feel stronger. I mean the fucking bar barely went under the pins, it was fucking sad.
     
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    all the way. folks with longer arms might have a disadvantage there though (shoulder pain). no bounce if your trying to build chest


    my guess for those who are going halfway are concentrating the chest muscles strictly. there is a big man at the gym i hit up who only brings it down 6" everytime. he has a very large built chest IMO.


    heres the chest training vid by pro body builder milos sarcev. great form if your trying to build chest. http://thefitshow.com/week3/milos_chest_large.htm
     
  7. _Kanwisher!

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    that video is extremely educational, I'd imagine for beginner's and experienced lifters alike. I'm going to have to drop my bench down about 30 pounds :noes:
     
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    more weight, constant tension, makes plenty of sense for me... not for strength, but isolation
     
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    I saw a guy doing some decent quality squats with 225 last night. And I was thinking, wow, this guy actually knows how to perform a proper squat. He then loads 315 on there and does something I would consider to be a half squat. I was like :hs:. I mean he got close to parallel, but it is all or nothing IMO.
     
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    some douchebag at my old gym would walk in, wearing street clothes, go straight to a bench (usually incline) load up 315... scream as loud as humanly possible, unrack bring it down a MAXIMUM of 3 inches - do two reps, slam the weight back, pump his fist in the air and scream again then go do curls


    it was one of the wierdest things ive ever seen... and he did it every week
     
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    :werd: I may look like (and be for that matter) a pussy with the weight that I push, but at least I do the shit right.
     
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    It's not necessarily incorrect. They could be:

    1) doing lock outs

    2) doing a 2 board press without the board

    3) have or afraid of having shoulder problems

    It's a perfectly valid method. The problem is that you don't really know what they're trying to accomplish so it's not fair to judge. For all you know they could be doing full ROM benching at home or at another gym. If they are big they probably know what they're doing. If they are small then it's most likely that they're just doing it wrong.
     
  16. Metacomet

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    Thanks for the fitshow link
     
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    Merit83 Your mama was a snowblower!

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    i have this problem, i can max bench 205, but even if it was just the bar, i still can't touch my chest, i have insanely long arms :(
     
  18. Metacomet

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    Unless you're over 6'5'',

    nah.
     
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    6', i need to measure my arm span, because i seriously have like Mr. Fantastic arms or something.
     
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    i only bring it down until my upper arms are parallel to the ground... if i go any lower all i do is hurt my shoulder area with unnecessary strain.

    all the trainers at my gym also comment that for flat and incline it's better to do it that way.
     
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    Stick your chest out like your at attention. Watch the vid I posted above. Good stuf...
     
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    Thanks much for the fitshow link. Gonna try those methods next time I'm in teh gym.
     
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