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Old 11-02-2009, 02:45 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by JesseA View Post
Last time I missed a bench, it was about two inches off the chest.

From what I've read about powerlifting meet rules, I need to incorporate a long pause at the bottom, which I think would add quite a bit of a challenge from my typical light touch on my sternum and push. There is a bench video from Dave Tate that helped me adjust my form/technique to more like you are talking about and it's helped quite a bit in moving my numbers up.
Many people attack the "pause" differently. I train heavy and don't worry about it. Some people will train with a pause on every rep. Either way, get strong and come meet time, start under your max with your first bench.

One thing I forgot about benching is to grip the bar like you're trying to bend it from the ends towards your feet.

Dave tate taught me a lot about benching. There's video on the forum about "bending the bar". Let me dig it up.

BTW, if you're sticking a couple inches up, time for 1,2 and 3 board presses, pin presses, etc.
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