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Old 01-08-2011, 09:47 AM   #1
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Default Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Bench

Many consider that there are two different types of bench...a powerlifting and a bodybuilding bench. I am from the camp that believes there is only one right and safe way to bench, and that powerlifters have a better grasp of this form than the average bodybuilder.

If you bench incorrectly, with elbows flared, no back arch, whatever, you beat the crap out of your shoulders, joints, etc. and increase the risk of injury.

So while I am not saying you MUST setup completely like a powerlifter, you must at least utilize a basic, and proper setup that is based on a proper powerlifting bench setup to prevent injury.

Also, I do not believe in deviating from proper form just to get a better pump, stretch, feel or mind muscle connection.

I know this is a heated debate, but I want to keep it civil. I don't believe that there are 2 separate form variants for each lift that are goal dependent. I believe proper form is proper form, and there is only one safest form path for each lift.

What say you?
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