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My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« on: December 10, 2012, 08:29:46 AM »
235 x 2 flat benchpress


Lifting alone leads to cautious lifting.

A month ago I hit 225 x 2, then 3, then 4, so I upped it to 235 and was able to bust out 2 reps, and went for the third. Greedy. Next week, lol.

Still a newb, but I'm getting there....
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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2012, 08:41:11 AM »
why  u no take wider grip?
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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012, 08:56:02 AM »
Edited your post to embed the vid.

You don't need any tags when posting YouTube vids.  The site will auto-embed.

And good job.

As Bando said you could take a wide grip for more power.
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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012, 08:58:27 AM »
Nice job Tim. I'm with Bando - tad wider on the grip, take some stress off triceps maybe?
I've narrowed my grip lately, but not that narrow.

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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012, 09:18:01 AM »
nice job

and agree with trying a wider grip
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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012, 09:23:26 AM »
So typically the grip for benchpress is wider than shoulder width?  ??? I'm not being sarcastic here, just trying to gain a greater understanding. Thought the grip was at shoulder width and wider to target shoulders and closer to target tricepts, where at shoulder width all three (chest, shoulder, and tricepts) are engaged. 

Guess my question is already answered in the posts above. Real world application will be coming probably a few days before Christmas, as I alternate between flat and incline bench. That's where the proof is in the pudding. Thanks guys!

And sweats make me look like a total lard ass, but its December and the basement gets a bit chilly....

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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2012, 10:25:20 AM »
My bench got a lot better when i watched every video and read every thing i could from dave tate.  I do't think he talks a ton about grip width but I would check out  his stuff if you are serious about benching.

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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2012, 10:40:54 AM »
My bench got a lot better when i watched every video and read every thing i could from dave tate.  I do't think he talks a ton about grip width but I would check out  his stuff if you are serious about benching.

Thanks, I have seen many of his YouTube vids, and they've helped me immensely on squats. I'll watch this one tonight.

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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2014, 05:35:36 PM »
...the above video is good for reaching higher weight on the bench press....not the optimal way of making strength or size gains in your chest. Don't get me wrong...I used the above video to help me rep 315 for the first time...but it is not the form I use when training chest on a normal bases. ;)

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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2014, 05:40:39 PM »
Another reason for joining this site.

Great vid. also Tim. Fantastic work mate. Would love to see the difference in weight lifted with a wider grip.

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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2014, 05:48:26 PM »
Lolz. That feels like a lifetime ago.  I was unemployed for 6 months prior to that video PR. Spent the summer really pushing myself,  then got a job and things got....inconsistent.  kinda why I'm pursuing Stronglifts 5x5.  Get back to strength training , build myself up as much as I can and see how crappy 2013 did to my summer of poverty and lifting. 

But, yes,  I'm lifting for strength then size then numbers (poundages) in that order.  And even so, I'm doing the 5x5 bench at a very slight incline cause it just "feels" better to me than the flat bench.

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Re: My fight against gravity on my back (benchpress)
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2014, 06:41:54 PM »
Shit im dropping my elbows too low, prob not keeping wrist above the elbow. I got the arch and tight going though.

Bench is really starting to aggravate, all other lifts mad gains in 15 months. Bench no freakin love
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