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Dan152
02-03-2008, 01:59 PM
are you supposed to bend your back or no?

Keith
02-03-2008, 02:05 PM
A slight arch may help you push out a couple more pounds which the majority of people usually do because of that. It's not 'incorrect' to do either, though.

Dan152
02-03-2008, 04:01 PM
i am doing rippetoes routine and he says its not supposed to be a standing incline press, but an overhead press. does that mean it shouldnt bend at all or what?

Klotz
02-03-2008, 04:12 PM
You shouldn't arch your back. It puts a lot of strain on your spine, and it's cheating.

Dan152
02-03-2008, 09:33 PM
alright thanks.

ActionGuy
02-03-2008, 09:45 PM
are you supposed to bend your back or no?

Definitely not! That is, unless you like herniated and potentially ruptured disks.

Dan152
02-03-2008, 10:14 PM
alright im not bending back alot im just kind of arching my backa little.

jtteg_x
02-04-2008, 12:43 AM
dont make a habit of arching but do keep your lowerback tight throughout the lift. Because I have a lowerback concern, I like to slap on a thin belt for insurance reasons.

Keith
02-04-2008, 08:24 AM
You shouldn't arch your back. It puts a lot of strain on your spine, and it's cheating.

What? No.

It's not 'cheating'. A slight arch in the back is fine, but I wouldn't recommend arching your back so much it becomes more of an extreme incline press. I have a slight arch more for comfort reasons.

Klotz
02-04-2008, 08:56 AM
Yeah a slight bend is fine, but eventually it gets to the point where you're doing a standing bench press.

Ben Moore
02-04-2008, 09:03 AM
I don't think he was talking about a standing bench press, and yes an arch to the lower back to tighten everything is fine.

Dan152
02-04-2008, 12:13 PM
thanks guys

90kg_pwrlftr
02-04-2008, 12:19 PM
Small arch = ok.
St. Louis = not good

Stumprrp
02-04-2008, 12:47 PM
all the old olympic presses arched there back, and you should to press in a straight line.

Kiaran
02-04-2008, 02:29 PM
Actually a lot of people do not intentionally arch their back. Most people today (especially those with desk jobs) have a postural problem where their heads are shifted more forward from loss of curve in their neck. Because of this, the head must pull back slightly so you don't jack yourself in the chin with the bar on its way up. The more the head has to move, the more things will shift onto the lower back. Just an interesting thing to note, that's all.