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Lunar Effect
10-03-2008, 10:10 AM
On my max efforts, I am having a bit of trouble getting past the point where the bar is a few inches off of my chest. I figured that the floor press would be a great exercise to add to the mix, however I have never done them before.

I assume that since you're only coming about halfway down (versus a typical bench press) that you can do significantly more weight, correct? Kind of like the whole rack pull vs deadlift is what I would assume here.

Also, do any of you ever do close-grip floor presses? I was thinking of maybe doing my ME sets with the normal flat bench with chains and then doing some close-grip floor presses as a main supplemental. The close-grip bench press really aggrevates my wrists, but I was wondering if a CGFP might remedy that...

Travis Bell
10-03-2008, 10:21 AM
Well I guess I can see why you might think that you'll be able to do lots more weight on floor press, but most people can't.

I believe the floor press is most effective when done with a close grip or variation of it

borracho
10-03-2008, 10:23 AM
The close-grip bench press really aggrevates my wrists, but I was wondering if a CGFP might remedy that...


I have been having issues with my left shoulder for some time...and doing dips seems to aggrivate it, as does normal flat bench (sometimes). Last night I tried floor presses with a close grip and it felt fine on my shoulders and was able to do just was much weight as flat bench..but I am guessing that'll change after I get the form down as it is a bit different than flat bench.

AJL11
10-03-2008, 10:41 AM
Makes sense thinking that, but my floor and reg bench are pretty close to the same 10-20 lbs either way........Having the weight completely stop when you pause at the bottom of a floor press makes it a difficult lift for me.....

Travis Bell
10-03-2008, 11:05 AM
I have been having issues with my left shoulder for some time...and doing dips seems to aggrivate it, as does normal flat bench (sometimes). Last night I tried floor presses with a close grip and it felt fine on my shoulders and was able to do just was much weight as flat bench..but I am guessing that'll change after I get the form down as it is a bit different than flat bench.

Yeah stay away from those dips. They are really rough on the shoulders

campania
10-03-2008, 01:57 PM
i never understood how people could floor press as much/more than they bench. my floor press is like 50lbs off of my bench because of the leg drive issue

Lones Green
10-03-2008, 02:17 PM
yeah, my floor press is weaker.

AJ Roberts
10-03-2008, 04:00 PM
I would do board presses (1-2) over floor press to improve you weakness just off the chest.

Ben Moore
10-03-2008, 04:29 PM
My floor press usually mirrors my regular press. I'd have to agree with the boards like AJ said.

Travis Bell
10-03-2008, 04:30 PM
Well if you're going to change the exercise, a 2brd isn't really going to help off the chest. Pause 1brd would be good or cambered bar bench will help more off the chest

minotaur70
10-03-2008, 04:43 PM
how good you are at floor press will be determined by your lever lengths. For eg, my arms are short and for me floor press is full ROM.

Lunar Effect
10-03-2008, 06:01 PM
Well I just got back from the gym, and my floor press is a little bit less (15-20 lbs) than my flat bench. I underestimated how much coming to a dead stop at the bottom would effect the lift. Also, so much of the chest being removed made a huge difference. In the end though, my triceps hurt like hell. I loved it...

waynedang
10-03-2008, 06:46 PM
Well if you're going to change the exercise, a 2brd isn't really going to help off the chest. Pause 1brd would be good or cambered bar bench will help more off the chest

I agree a 4" camber off of a 2 board is great. It adds about 1/2" to the ROM.

Travis Bell
10-03-2008, 08:58 PM
how good you are at floor press will be determined by your lever lengths. For eg, my arms are short and for me floor press is full ROM.

Its like this for alot of the bigger guys as well, but its still different than full range bench because the weight is being stopped by your triceps hitting the floor instead of the bar hitting your chest. Plus with your leg drive being removed from the equation its much more difficult.

minotaur70
10-03-2008, 09:59 PM
Its like this for alot of the bigger guys as well, but its still different than full range bench because the weight is being stopped by your triceps hitting the floor instead of the bar hitting your chest. Plus with your leg drive being removed from the equation its much more difficult.

absolutely- definitely harder- I think my best floor press is 440, whereas my best raw bench is 480.

AdamBAG
10-04-2008, 09:48 AM
Also, some people don't keep their legs flat and still push with their feet on the floor press. I think this can skew the numbers a tad as well. My floor press is about 20-25 less than my raw bench. I come to a complete stop on the floor and don't just touch and go. I like to think of it as a box squat for the bench.

Lunar Effect
10-04-2008, 03:35 PM
I come to a complete stop on the floor and don't just touch and go.

Same here. I came to a full stop at the bottom of each rep. Really felt it in the triceps...