I have noticed when I bench press close to maximal weight, I cannot keep my elbows tucked when I struggle. THey always flare out. This cannot be good for my shoulders/pecs at all. I think it is also cheating me out of weight. So my questions are: 1. Is this something I will just get used to and learn to stop doing or is there a weakness somewhere? 2. What can I do to fix this problem?
You can vary the height. The guys at my gym (competetive pl'ers) do 2, 3, and 4 pin pulls. Recently, someone built some blocks that the guys have been pulling from. They set the blocks under the weight. It's at about a 3 pin height. This is closer to an actual pull, as the bar is not hitting the pins and bending. The weight is htting the blocks, as it would hit the floor.
As I wander through all of the different weightlifting....powerlifting and strength training forums, one item seems to prevail.......the non-existence of a well thought out plan of attack on achieving the goals one has a desire for....but then it may be because there are no specific goals that have been set forth......
I'd like some help from the pull monkeys on this board. I have an idea of what I want to do, so I'll post a rough draft that is open to modification. As I see it, it's my lower back that's my weak point. I base this estimation on the fact that I get stuck at my shins when I fail, and the fact that I can box squat more than I can deadlift (which, to me, would indicate that my hips are plenty strong, relatively speaking)...
Besides the obvious, here is my analysis, there were many missed bench attempts with the bigger weights because of the Ivanko bar. It is a great bar to squat for a single on and to deadlift on because of its whip and flex, but it hurts the lifter performing the bench when there is big weight on the bar.
My chest workout is pretty basic but it seems to work for me. Here is a short run down of what I have done to prepare for NERB.
In my opinion, these are the greatest powerlifts of all time: Squat - Fred Hatfield's 1014 @ 255 lb. Very deep and almost totally unequipped. Bench Press - Mike MacDonald's 522 @ 181 lb. Totally unequipped. Deadlift - Vince Anello's 800 @ 198. TOTAL - Jon Cole's 2370 @ 283 lb. He almost benched 600 at the same meet. Totally RAW.
I was just thinking, what does everyone else think? Is going to be the biggest squat record ever? I asked Iron Addict what he thought over the phone. He says maybe 1500 but maybe less or more. Perhaps if the diet and training got alot better than we could see someone do more. I always felt like becasue the bible says anything we put our mind to we can do. I feel like anything is possible, so ofcourse in weight lifting its possible to throw around even bigger numbers.
I just got my first bench shirt in the other day (titan fury) and I'm having some issues getting it on correctly. And yes i've used the liftinglarge picture diagram to help me lol, but still having a hard time. Anyway, chest is 39 inches so I decided to go with a size 42. The main problem I'm having is that I can't get the front of the shirt to go down. No matter what I do, it always rides back up and chokes me. A super tight belt isn't working to hold it in place either. I dunno if i've got the sleeves on wrong, or something's not lined up right, or what. There's also a bit of slack in the back around the shoulders that I can't seem to get rid of. Btw i'm not trying to do this alone lol, have a friend helping. Any help would be awesome.