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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:34 am

quiksilver wrote:I'm 6'5", 180, and I think I bench around 80...is that good?


That's awesome. You should think about professional wrestling.
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Postby RynMan » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:46 am

The Artful Dodger wrote:What I do more of is endurance bench pressing. Basically, I'll do 40 pounds on each side, do 10 reps, take off 10 pounds each side, and repeat until I finish 10 reps with no weights on each side. There was a time in high school when I benched in the wrong technique that I was working more of my triceps than my pecs and man, do you feel the big-time burn if you did it that way.

I'm not too crazy about flat bench presses, but I find myself lifting an extra 40 pounds on declines. There's just something I like more about decline bench presses because I suppose I can use my legs more for leverage. I'm pretty comfortable on the inclines too, but much prefer declines.


It just depends which fibres of the Pecs you want to work the most.

I'm not directing this at you AD, but I'm just saying this in general: Most people I talk to actually do it wrong, especially young guys. They take the bar all the way to their chest, which can put alot of strain on you joint capsule of your shoulder. Letting the bar go down that far is working outside your natural range of movement, which is going against the golden rule of weight training.
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Postby sportsaddict » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:59 am

RynMan wrote:
The Artful Dodger wrote:What I do more of is endurance bench pressing. Basically, I'll do 40 pounds on each side, do 10 reps, take off 10 pounds each side, and repeat until I finish 10 reps with no weights on each side. There was a time in high school when I benched in the wrong technique that I was working more of my triceps than my pecs and man, do you feel the big-time burn if you did it that way.

I'm not too crazy about flat bench presses, but I find myself lifting an extra 40 pounds on declines. There's just something I like more about decline bench presses because I suppose I can use my legs more for leverage. I'm pretty comfortable on the inclines too, but much prefer declines.


It just depends which fibres of the Pecs you want to work the most.

I'm not directing this at you AD, but I'm just saying this in general: Most people I talk to actually do it wrong, especially young guys. They take the bar all the way to their chest, which can put alot of strain on you joint capsule of your shoulder. Letting the bar go down that far is working outside your natural range of movement, which is going against the golden rule of weight training.


I won't argue with you because you seem to know what you are talking about, and I will admit I am not as knowledgeable as others when it comes to weight training.

But, I have been taught to let the bar touch you chest- not rest on your chest, but touch it before you go up again. I have been told by coaches that you are cheating yourself if you dont go down all the way. None of these coaches are experts though even if they claim to be :-b... Naturally a football coach would tell you to go down all the way....

How far do you personally go down when you bench? I've been taught to go to the chest but again I am not an expert.
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Postby Coppermine » Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:12 am

I usually let the bar touch my schlong
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Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:15 am

Coppermine wrote:I usually let the bar touch my schlong


lol, this is getting a bit out of hand now
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Postby Coppermine » Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:25 am

Snakes Gould wrote:
Coppermine wrote:I usually let the bar touch my schlong


lol, this is getting a bit out of hand now


your mom's gettin a bit out of hand snakes gould... tell her I said "thanks" :-D
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Postby Snakes Gould » Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:28 am

8-o whoa now....that comment doesnt even make sense...but you're DEAD NOW...personal vendetta.... }:-)
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Postby Coppermine » Sun Nov 26, 2006 4:30 am

Snakes Gould wrote:8-o whoa now....that comment doesnt even make sense...but you're DEAD NOW...personal vendetta.... }:-)


it makes sense to her }:-)
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Sun Nov 26, 2006 11:26 am

I was always taught to kind of let the bar 'bounce' off of your chest in helping you propel it up again. And to not have a solid grip on the bar, meaning the thumbs are on the same side as the fingers, not like you would grip a baseball bat.
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Postby bronxxbomber » Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:05 pm

sportsaddict wrote:
RynMan wrote:
The Artful Dodger wrote:What I do more of is endurance bench pressing. Basically, I'll do 40 pounds on each side, do 10 reps, take off 10 pounds each side, and repeat until I finish 10 reps with no weights on each side. There was a time in high school when I benched in the wrong technique that I was working more of my triceps than my pecs and man, do you feel the big-time burn if you did it that way.

I'm not too crazy about flat bench presses, but I find myself lifting an extra 40 pounds on declines. There's just something I like more about decline bench presses because I suppose I can use my legs more for leverage. I'm pretty comfortable on the inclines too, but much prefer declines.


It just depends which fibres of the Pecs you want to work the most.

I'm not directing this at you AD, but I'm just saying this in general: Most people I talk to actually do it wrong, especially young guys. They take the bar all the way to their chest, which can put alot of strain on you joint capsule of your shoulder. Letting the bar go down that far is working outside your natural range of movement, which is going against the golden rule of weight training.


I won't argue with you because you seem to know what you are talking about, and I will admit I am not as knowledgeable as others when it comes to weight training.

But, I have been taught to let the bar touch you chest- not rest on your chest, but touch it before you go up again. I have been told by coaches that you are cheating yourself if you dont go down all the way. None of these coaches are experts though even if they claim to be :-b... Naturally a football coach would tell you to go down all the way....

How far do you personally go down when you bench? I've been taught to go to the chest but again I am not an expert.
No need to bring it down to your chest. Just be careful not to let it hit your sternum. Seen a guy break it on the bench (he tried to cheat and bounce it though).
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