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PolishPowerczyk
12-03-2009, 07:32 PM
Is this exercise really necessary for strongman training ? Are should you save the shoulders ,and just go all out on your OH Press/ Power Clean & Press ?

Fuzzy
12-03-2009, 07:48 PM
You will get alot of mixed opinions. Ive mixed with alot Oly lifters and strongmen who do alot of Oly work and they all tend to stay away from bench to save the shoulders. A guy who started strongman from powerlifting may view it differently. It certinaly can't hurt to bench moderately heavy aver once in a while...

Tom Mutaffis
12-04-2009, 06:22 AM
Is this exercise really necessary for strongman training ? Are should you save the shoulders ,and just go all out on your OH Press/ Power Clean & Press ?

I would not dedicate much time to bench press; there is very little direct carryover to any of the strongman events and shoulder/pec injuries are quite common with heavy bench training.

Incline Press, Close Grip, and Push Press are all good alternatives.

splat1250
07-17-2011, 12:05 PM
I have heard incline benches are great for strongman, but it is a movement I cannot do without tearing out my shoulder. It has happened before and my body hates that angle with any weight. I use the flat bench press as a substitute for inclines and because I started in powerlifting and I can't make the psychological separation from the bench too easily. I do 3 sets of 5 per week of the bench and use the west side method for my big three. Does anybody have any ideas for my bench dilemma?

Tom Mutaffis
07-17-2011, 07:20 PM
I have heard incline benches are great for strongman, but it is a movement I cannot do without tearing out my shoulder. It has happened before and my body hates that angle with any weight. I use the flat bench press as a substitute for inclines and because I started in powerlifting and I can't make the psychological separation from the bench too easily. I do 3 sets of 5 per week of the bench and use the west side method for my big three. Does anybody have any ideas for my bench dilemma?

Have you tried incline dumbbell pressing? If benching hurts your shoulder then I would just stop benching; you can do strict overhead work, isolation work for triceps/shoulders, and push press / push jerk.

If you are stuck on benching then I would do close grip bench since triceps strength is helpful for overhead assuming that you have good technique / leg drive.