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Old 11-02-2009, 06:10 PM   #21
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This is so true, the first time I did 2 board press I was able to put on an extra 30 pounds above my bench PR and crush it. I was jacked up for days after that lift!
Sounds like I need to do some board presses! Only problem is that I don't have a training partner, so is there any way to accomplish this without trying to balance something on my chest while benching? Would I just need to setup a bench in the rack and set the pins a couple inches off my chest?
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Sounds like I need to do some board presses! Only problem is that I don't have a training partner, so is there any way to accomplish this without trying to balance something on my chest while benching? Would I just need to setup a bench in the rack and set the pins a couple inches off my chest?
I board press without a partner. I use a big belt to hold a long chunk of 3x3 wood in place. I set the rack pins just so...so that if I fail, the bar will rest on the rack and I won't die.

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I board press without a partner. I use a big belt to hold a long chunk of 3x3 wood in place. I set the rack pins just so...so that if I fail, the bar will rest on the rack and I won't die.

That sounds like a good technique to me!
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That sounds like a good technique to me!
It works good, but you do have to be careful when hitting down...it is easy to whack the board up into your chin.

Not that I've ever done that before...cough, cough...chipped a tooth.
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I board press without a partner. I use a big belt to hold a long chunk of 3x3 wood in place. I set the rack pins just so...so that if I fail, the bar will rest on the rack and I won't die.

I like the part where you don't die.
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I like the part where you don't die.
Thanks my favorite part too
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What's your training split look like Jesse?
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use micro-mini bands or mini bands to hold the boards in place. works well

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Sounds like I need to do some board presses! Only problem is that I don't have a training partner, so is there any way to accomplish this without trying to balance something on my chest while benching? Would I just need to setup a bench in the rack and set the pins a couple inches off my chest?
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Jesse you in luck as deadlift is my best lift but first the basics.

When getting ready for a meet, I like to hit numbers heavier then the weight I plan on lifting for a partial range of motions, so that my Central nervous system doesn't get fired and I can prepare it for the big lifts. Lifting for one rep maxes form sometimes goes out the window on what you think is good and what actually works. Now when lifting raw, partial movements don't help as much so I suggest just hitting them in max effort sparingly. Trick is to strengthen everything then use assistance work to hit weakness.


Now how you set this up all depends on your resources. I go to a pretty stacked gym complete with rubber matts,boards,bands, chains, monolift,safety chain suspensions,power rack, forza bench, olympic platform, all types of bars, plates,etc... plus some strongman equipment.

When training by yourself you need a good power rack to bench and squat safely in. To board bench by yourself you can slip it under your shirt, and use many things to hold it in place. Train smart and safe and you will be ok.

But I am getting ahead of myself , best advice you will ever get, ever... ready for it? are your sure ok. Here it is :

FILM YOUR LIFTS We are all built differently and our bodies and techniques don't always work the same as someone elses' although all the advice I read here so far is good. If you want advice on form, get us some videos from the side angle so we can pin point weakness.

Give us a full list of stats, your weight,height, how your split looks like, when is the meet you are looking to do, and your goals as far as do I want to be strong at these 3 lifts or do I want to be stronger in general. If you are worrying about your form you may have to scale back your training and better develop it.


Personally I would say do wendlers 5/3/1 since its safe effective and will give your time to develop your strength and technique,with the slight variation on week 3 do heavy m/e partial movements and focus on speed and tech on week 4 for deloading.

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This doesn't really belong in this thread, but I sure as hell wasn't going to start a new one just to say this. So....

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That's why I love, love, love, love, LOVE reverse band bench. LOL

Nothing feels better than throwing on an extra 50lb. more than your 1RM and being able to press it. Great for your psychy as well!
I did m/e bench last night and finished bench with a single at 275.

Next up was reverse band. I did heavy singles supersetted with narrow med ball push-ups. I managed to finish reverse bands with 330 for a single. woot!

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