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Old 07-24-2014, 06:43 AM   #41
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:19 AM   #42
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When i unrack i feel placing the bar above my mid chest helps a lot better with back tightness than placing it above shoulders/upper chest. What are your thoughts on this one? Thanks in advance.
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The bar should be placed where it naturally goes when you are at full lockout with a tight setup and elbows out. I'm not a fan of unracking heavy weights without a handoff. Just asking for shoulder issues if you do.
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I'd like to ask you since you're a professional. Do you also experience random bad days?

My last bench session i barely grinded for a double the same weight i used to do for an easy triple even though my diet and sleep are on point
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I'd like to ask you since you're a professional. Do you also experience random bad days?

My last bench session i barely grinded for a double the same weight i used to do for an easy triple even though my diet and sleep are on point
Yes. Everyone has a bad day once in a while. It can be caused by many factors. Lack of sleep, to much physical activity the day of or before the training, lack of proper nutrition,,,,,. Don't worry about it. Just keep lifting even if you are having an "off" day.
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I feel like I'm at a crossroads with my bench. I'm wondering what you think. I have 2 very different forms I use for raw bench. One is very similar to an equipped bench. Very wide grip with my feet tucked under my hips, arching as hard as possible. With this technique I tuck my elbows hard and bring the bar to the top of my belly, again just like an equipped bench.

The other technique I use is more similar to great raw benchers like Green or Hoornstra. I keep my feet flat on the floor and use a more narrow grip. I touch just below the nipple line, allow the bar to sit into my chest, then throw my head back and chest up.

The first technique allows me to lift the most weight (about 20 more lb), but it puts a ton of stress on my shoulders. It's also exhausting to get into my setup and I almost always end up getting lower back cramps. This setup also causes me big issues if the bench isn't the right height.

The second technique puts a little more pressure on my elbows, but overall it's an easier setup that involves less injury risk (I've already effed up my rotator cuff with the first technique and it's taken me over a year to get back to my old numbers). The flat footed technique also increases the chance of me losing a lift because my foot slips. That's not a problem when my feet are tucked underneath me.

I feel like faltering between the two techniques is holding me back, but I'm having trouble committing to one of the other. I'd truly appreciate your thoughts on my situation.
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I feel like I'm at a crossroads with my bench. I'm wondering what you think. I have 2 very different forms I use for raw bench. One is very similar to an equipped bench. Very wide grip with my feet tucked under my hips, arching as hard as possible. With this technique I tuck my elbows hard and bring the bar to the top of my belly, again just like an equipped bench.

The other technique I use is more similar to great raw benchers like Green or Hoornstra. I keep my feet flat on the floor and use a more narrow grip. I touch just below the nipple line, allow the bar to sit into my chest, then throw my head back and chest up.

The first technique allows me to lift the most weight (about 20 more lb), but it puts a ton of stress on my shoulders. It's also exhausting to get into my setup and I almost always end up getting lower back cramps. This setup also causes me big issues if the bench isn't the right height.

The second technique puts a little more pressure on my elbows, but overall it's an easier setup that involves less injury risk (I've already effed up my rotator cuff with the first technique and it's taken me over a year to get back to my old numbers). The flat footed technique also increases the chance of me losing a lift because my foot slips. That's not a problem when my feet are tucked underneath me.

I feel like faltering between the two techniques is holding me back, but I'm having trouble committing to one of the other. I'd truly appreciate your thoughts on my situation.
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Is it like a spray adhesive? I thought that was against the rules? Thanks, by the way.
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Is it like a spray adhesive? I thought that was against the rules? Thanks, by the way.
Its not illegal to have on your feet, but I spray my back and my butt haha. Brian wears like mountain climbing shoes so his don't slip as well.
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Spraying "stickem" on your shoulders and butt is illegal in most feds. Not sure about the feet but I imagine it's illegal too. If you play around with foot position, you should be able to prevent the slippage. Try pulling your feet either back a little or wider to prevent it. Not to the point you are on your toes and always get leg drive by driving through your heels.
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