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.
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In a close (bodybuilder type squat) that is true. But in the more common powerlifting stances( moderate to wide ) the hams, glutes and adductors become more the primary movers ;especially as the stance moves out. The quads are still very much envolved but not as much as in the bodybuilder's close stance squat.
when i was younger i could tell you every record that i held and every record that i was going to hold. I wanted the world to know i was here and that i was the best there WAS, the best there IS and the best there ever Will Be. But time has changed that, a few years ago Bruce and i flew to the nationals. I broke a world record and Bruce got best lifter. You'd think we'd be happier than pig nuts, but we felt like major failures, when we got home we didn't even want to tell anyone about our results,,,,why? its because we failed ourselves by not achieving our goals of a new PR..... from that day forward, PR's and helping others get PR's is the only thing that matters to me when it comes to powerlifting.
I use drop sets on all assistance, but most notably triceps training. I don't use drop sets on any major movements or compound movements, unless I fail on a new 1RM, then I will back down to 10kg under my last set and work back up.