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Max 03-10-2012 08:11 PM

GG XR 15
I never realized this before," until I started getting a cramp in my left hip, while benching the other day"! But, Im 6'2 with fairly long legs and I can't bring my legs back and keep my feet flat on the floor. I had to use 2 25# plates the other day, as Im starting to lift heavy now. Has anyone else had or have this problem with this bench, or is it just my technique, and hip flexor area needing more stretching? I hate to have't hack the legs off some.

J_Byrd 03-10-2012 08:45 PM

I have never been able to keep my feet down. I like having just my toes on the ground and attempting to force my heels down to keep my stable.

BendtheBar 03-10-2012 09:10 PM

I'm a toe bencher. Flat feet doesn't feel good for me. I have a higher bench and have tried flat feet on blocks but it doesn't feel right to me.

gaspers04 03-10-2012 09:16 PM

flat footer...i think. lol

Max 03-10-2012 09:39 PM

Using the toes feels more natural , but for some reason it seems like Im too high up too get comfortable. I probably just need to stretch out more and find some hip flexor exercises?

Jamesw 03-12-2012 08:28 AM

Make sure your spine stays nuetral during the bench. Many people don't maintian that arch. You should be able to stick your hand between the bench and your lumbar.

Also be sure when doing this that you do not hyperextend the lumbar.

J_Byrd 03-12-2012 10:43 AM

Skip ahead to the bench part. This is the best view of my set up I can find. I have tried everything in the world, and this fits me best. I have short legs, so no way to get my feet down without 1. losing the arch, or 2. using 45lb plates. If you would like me to try and walk you through what I am doing just let me know.

Max 03-12-2012 09:03 PM

Thanks JByrd...I was just wondering though,is there a standard or regulated height for a weight bench? I having trouble producing a proper arch.

Kuytrider 03-13-2012 03:53 AM

That is some arch J! Would love to have something like that. I know you put up the video to help with bench but I also got plenty from your squats. They are incredibly economical and awesome :mh:

Ryano 03-13-2012 06:05 AM

You can work your arch with a PVC pipe. You don't have to have your legs behind you and wide, but it's more stable for most people. If your legs are to long, but can put them in front and wide, but you won't get as much leg drive. Just get them out far enough your butt can't come up.

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