Originally Posted by jp_ottawa
Here's an update. As a warmup on my max effort bench, I chalked the bar and saw that the bar path is not always the same over reps. I'm trying to fix that. One thing that seems to help is to keep my entire body as tight as possible throughout the lift. That means no slacking in the legs, butt, and upper body. Its harder than it sounds, but it seems to work.
I will keep checking my bar path until nothing moves any more. Tweaking my form is a pain in the ass, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the long run.
Jeez, you and I must be on some psychic wave. I chalked the bar last session too. Just to check my groove.
I'm enjoying this thread, and am getting some good pointers. I will mention as far as setup goes (believe me, I'm no expert), lately I've been bringing my feet back as far as I can just so my heels are still on the floor. It really helps me stay tight and drive the legs and butt. It drives my back into the bench too.