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Old 08-30-2011, 06:15 AM   #91
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I'm guilty of the same thing, get's hard to peel them off after a training session eh!

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Thanks! Maybe I should grip the bar wider? Even that width feels a bit wide, but I could learn to go wider.
Yeah I suppose you could experiment with it. My press width has generally gotten wider over the years as I've gotten wider (lats, shoulders etc). I've seen the same thing in people that I train. Because a good Bench Press requires you to use your lats to buttress your arms as they come down, you can only realistically move out wider when you get wider and bigger. Or else you'll find you lose the support from the lats at the bottom, in which case you lose power and you'll probably feel your shoulders starting to hurt.

So I'd caution against going wider when you're not ready for it. When you start filling out some more you'll know when the grip starts feeling too narrow, at that point move it out.

As an aside this is a major reason why the lats are so important in the Bench Press. If you're looking at a guy with thick lats & strong shoulders odds are you're looking at a potentially good Bencher.
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Two things I notice:

1. Watch your wrist angle. You're tucking your elbows nicely but make sure the bar stays in line with your forearm. Some of what I saw may be camera angle I think.
2. Thing about your leg drive as a spring. You coil up on the way down, staying tight and then when you start the positive press, you try to push your heels into the floor and uncoil.

Overall looking very nice.

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Can you or anyone explain more about what you mean by the bar staying in line with the forearm.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:34 AM   #93
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Can you or anyone explain more about what you mean by the bar staying in line with the forearm.
If you tilt your wrist back and have the bar high in your hand, it'll be behind your forearm. If you **** your wrist forward and keep the bar central in the hand, you'll keep the bar in line with your forearm and thus transfer more power to it. I tried to find a picture to show what I mean but I can't. If you need to, I'll take some tonight when I do speed bench.

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I'm guilty of the same thing, get's hard to peel them off after a training session eh!



Yeah I suppose you could experiment with it. My press width has generally gotten wider over the years as I've gotten wider (lats, shoulders etc). I've seen the same thing in people that I train. Because a good Bench Press requires you to use your lats to buttress your arms as they come down, you can only realistically move out wider when you get wider and bigger. Or else you'll find you lose the support from the lats at the bottom, in which case you lose power and you'll probably feel your shoulders starting to hurt.

So I'd caution against going wider when you're not ready for it. When you start filling out some more you'll know when the grip starts feeling too narrow, at that point move it out.

As an aside this is a major reason why the lats are so important in the Bench Press. If you're looking at a guy with thick lats & strong shoulders odds are you're looking at a potentially good Bencher.
Very good post

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Thanks for all the help!! I will stick to the current width and as I gain weight it should get wider as I evaluate each time.

I will work on my wrist position, I think it is not inline with my elbows. I will also work on the spring and leg drive . Is there any good videos that goes into detail on leg drive?
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looked smooth to this layman

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If you tilt your wrist back and have the bar high in your hand, it'll be behind your forearm. If you **** your wrist forward and keep the bar central in the hand, you'll keep the bar in line with your forearm and thus transfer more power to it. I tried to find a picture to show what I mean but I can't. If you need to, I'll take some tonight when I do speed bench.

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Got it. Thanks.
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new bench vid... last of 5 singles...


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Thanks Steve, it definitely 'felt' better than the last one with arms at 90 degrees.

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