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Old 07-07-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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I have noticed that I feel less stress on my shoulders when doing Close Grip vs Wide/Wider Grip Bench. But I've wondered why does close grip feel better? And I believe its because of the way I'm built. I have a wide collarbone, measured from the outside of my left shoulder to the outside of my right shoulder, I'm 21-inches across.

I'm not sure if that's how your supposed to measure yourself, but either way I'm wide.

Have any of you guys experienced the same issue?

Does having a wide collarbone affect how you bench?

And regardless of how your built, is close grip better for your shoulders?
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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Width has nothing to do with it. More then likely your shoulders are your weak areas. When CGBing you fire more with your tris than your delts. Wide grip incorporates more delt than tris....
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Wide grip also tends to put more stress on the shoulder joint in general. Many who've had shoulder issues are limited in how wide they can grip the bar. I had my shoulder injury while I was benching with a very wide grip. It worked well for me until I hurt myself, now it feels much better to have my hands closer. The more I trained my closer grip, the stronger and more natural it felt.
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Old 07-07-2014, 08:46 PM   #4
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Wide grip also tends to put more stress on the shoulder joint in general. Many who've had shoulder issues are limited in how wide they can grip the bar. I had my shoulder injury while I was benching with a very wide grip. It worked well for me until I hurt myself, now it feels much better to have my hands closer. The more I trained my closer grip, the stronger and more natural it felt.
Added to which, some folks (like me, f'rex) feel that it might be wiser choosing a closer grip ahead of time, to (hopefully) prevent that shit from even happening.
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Some form flaws could be exposed by a slightly wider grip. For example, if your elbows are flaring too much, this could result in extra stress being placed upon the shoulders.
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I find personally a narrower grip feels more natural anyway. I used to always grip wide believing that the bench press was for pectoral development and when I started to lift heavy with a wide grip I'd get some discomfort in my shoulders. As I increased my bench, I've found that with a narrower grip (not close grip, but maybe 1/2 way between wide grip and close grip) it feels more natural and I can really share the load of a heavy bench with my triceps and lats.
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I pulled my pec with a wide grip, so I use a moderate grip for regular bench. But I haven't noticed any difference between it and cgbp.
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I find personally a narrower grip feels more natural anyway. I used to always grip wide believing that the bench press was for pectoral development and when I started to lift heavy with a wide grip I'd get some discomfort in my shoulders. As I increased my bench, I've found that with a narrower grip (not close grip, but maybe 1/2 way between wide grip and close grip) it feels more natural and I can really share the load of a heavy bench with my triceps and lats.
I have to agree with this, a closer grip (for me) does feel more natural. I've played around with different grips, and what feel's best is a shoulder width grip or a slightly wider than shoulder grip width.
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