What About A Bench Press Monolift?
A Fortified Iron poster sees the benefits of using a monolift for the squat and wonders whether it could work for the bench press as well. He says:
Monolift for bench press, Who'd be for it?
I'm curious about this. It has to be a pain for some of the really big benchers since it's not easy to find someone to handoff that kind of weight. It seems like it'd a lot safer for the lifter.
Has there every been any serious discussion by a federation about using one?
I think Forza are building one if I remember correctly. There was a discussion about this on powerliftinguk.co.uk a while ago.
Some of the points I remember...
-Unracking will be difficult on max weights because it'll be like a lockout to get it off and the spotter will be able to offer very little help because the bar will be so far down the lifters body
-danger of losing your arch and flattening out
-hard to determine proper starting bar position
I think a monolift on the bench is a stupid idea
No uprights to go back into on a missed lift.
Harder to take the handoff directly over you than it is to be handed to you.
Racks could be a distraction to the lifter as well as hazard if swung back early/late.
Skiba was going to get one of these and we talked him out of it. I don't think they'll ever take off. You'll see more 3-man handoffs but not a monobench.
The monolift is designed for 2 reasons:
1.To remove the walk out and the rerack, for the safety of the lifter.
2. To allow the lifter to get into a wider stance.
It will have no benefit for the bench because:
There is no walkout.
Competitors already use the max grip width allowable.
It will interfere with the work of the spotters, and be potentially MORE dangerous. Imagine if a lifter dumps the bar. The spotters crowd around to catch the bar, but getting it back into the hooks of the monolift will be potentially problematic, at least more so that just getting it out from above the lifter and putting it on the rack would be.
Some good points. There'd have to be some thought into the design. I think if the bench was long enough then you'd be able to get a good setup wherever you needed the bar. You could adjust the height of course. It'd take some work for the design to safely allow spotters to position themselves.
no point for one
Origonally hte monolift was developed for the bench, not the squat
It wouldn't work, aside from the danger aspect, just to lift the bar off of the hooks it'd be doing a lockout and wasting valuable energy.
Sorinex auto spot !!! That is about as close to a bench mono as you can get.
it seems pretty dangerous and could get in the way of things too if it went pear shaped. 3-man handoff all the way.