Just wondering how all the strong benchers here decided on how wide of a grip to take. I compete with a shirt, but I am talking raw grip width here. If one wants to maximize their raw bench poundages, how wide should the grip be. the rule of thumb I have always gone by is to have my hands slightly wider than my elbows when the bar is touching the chest. Does this sound reasonable? Some people will say to adjust your grip width based on muscle strengths and weaknesses. I would rather simply correct my weaknesses. Hopefully that rambling made sense. So what do you guys have to say about raw bench grip width??
Oh yeah and to try not to be an ass at the gym when people come up and ask, "What is that shirt for?"..."Are you supposed to squat that low with that much weight?"..."Do the boards help you bounce the weight?"
just curious if a high rep bench equates to a high bench? Like doing 225 for 50 times like ryan does and he does 900lbs so if someone can do 225 for 50 times does that equate to 900lbs also? I have a hard time explaining to my buddies that i can do 205 for 10 reps, but I can also rep 225 for 10 reps also i tell them my muscles burn way too much for higher repping they dont believe me.
So is the poster serious or just trying to stir up trouble? Responses range from the serious to the comical.
bench only fags, is that powerlifting? you guys seem to have some knowledge here- so tell me why these wanabes even include themself?
When I competed we did not have specialists. It does not offend me for a lifter that wants to bench only. I really never lifted what folks are lifting now but I did well. Equipment that is around now sure does give the lifter an advantage over us old timers. If I trained for bench only I don't think my bench would have been any better with the training routains we had then. I just like to see big weights lifted. However they do them is not imprtant to me
I was bulking while lifting before and I gained size with the strength. Lately I've been gaining a lot of strength and not much size because I have not been eating much lately... So yeah this was just after about a week of observation, so I am not dead on with this just yet, but I am not too sure if eating big for strength is all its cracked up to be.
I am incredibly inflexible, of course I also tend to forget all form once I lay down on the bench (hell I am lucky if I remember to keep my body tight, lol).
if you ever plan on competing you better work on locking out every rep. I am living proof that a weak lockout will screw you every time. its a lot more important than you think bro. Louie and George are emphatic about locking out each and every rep, nothing will build lockout strength like locking out every rep of every set.
in my experience i think the dumbell bench definately improves your bench press... it isolates the two pecs wich will strengthen the weeker one
The best way is to just setup every set focusing each time on getting your belly further and further up. Also everyday you go to the gym at the end of your workout setup a couple times and hold it. Try loosening your back with an inflated football or some PVC pipe. If all else fails get extremely fat and just lay down on the bench this is quite effective also.
kidder the way andy lost the deadlift record is bullshit there should be no tokens in the WPO.how about a new rule! You have to at least post the qualifying total to get the record in any of the three lifts.In my opinion bennedict should have at least totaled 2300 to get the deadlift record.
The only other thing that will probably control where you put your hands on the bar is how comfortable the bar feels in your hands/wrists while doing the movement. When I go real close-grip I feel it in my wrists before I feel it in my tri's so I slightly widen my grip until the wrists are ok and the tri's are burning.
I usually start off with a pretty light set of hamstring curls and leg extensions to help warm up for heavy squats. Don't worry though, I do them with a towel over my head and the shame that should be felt when going anywhere near the "machines". You know what, I'm going to quit doing them now. I just can't take the guilt now that I've admitted it in public.