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Old 05-14-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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The hardest thing for me was going from benching with my feet on the bench using a smith machine, to a power rack and learning proper tuck, foot placement, etc. I'd go with what BTB and the rest said, you can always do your technique work as well either as a warm up or on the side so that when you go into an actual PL program you really are familiar with the motions, movements and positions etc. Then you will have a strength base built up as well so when you go adding weight and starting a powerlifting workout, you should progress nicely. I did alot of this with just the bar and it helps tremendously especially if you have someone to guide you and correct you at first. I kind of learned it all at once though because like I said, I was a self taught gym idiot for the first 2 or 3 months of serious lifting. I relearned a new way of doing literally everything I had been doing which defenitely isnt the way to go, I defenitely felt like I had wasted alot of time. If you are going to do bench, do it with PL form right from the start even if it isnt heavy etc. I was taught that no matter what the weight you are using even if its just bar for warm up reps, act as though its got weight, bring it down slow and explode from the chest as though you are lifting weight. This keeps your form and keeps you tight the entire time so you are doing the exact same motion every time until it becomes second nature. Basic strength training with some PL technique work I think would get you going on the right path. I suppose there are a ton of different ways to go about it though. Some of the more experienced guys, feel free to correct me here as I am just kind of relaying what I was taught, and what really worked for me as well as some things I wish I would have done in the first place. I am still relatively new to all of this as well.
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