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Mugen46
04-20-2011, 01:49 PM
When setting up for a bench, I read you should keep your traps shrugged up. Shouldn't you keep them down?

Heres the video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5MikmvUMQs&feature=player_embedded#at=70

i5MikmvUMQs

AdamBAG
04-20-2011, 02:38 PM
I have never once heard that technique taught. It doesn't make sense to me at all.

I would refer to this article and video series by Dave Tate:
http://articles.elitefts.com/articles/features/so-you-think-you-can-bench-get-the-whole-series-here/

Rob Luyando
04-20-2011, 02:48 PM
When seting up you should try to set up as high as possible on your traps pinching your shoulder blades together.

theBarzeen
04-20-2011, 08:22 PM
When seting up you should try to set up as high as possible on your traps pinching your shoulder blades together.

this....

mikesbench
04-24-2011, 06:48 AM
Following Rob's advice about benching is probably a wise way to go.

mikesbench
04-24-2011, 06:59 AM
As far as the video; I would disagree that your shoulders should actually shrug up (this would create a higher bar path), your traps definitely should be contracted; but by contacting the lats as well you stabilize the shoulder girdle wihout changing the position of the shoulders. By involving the lats you maintain a lower bar path and better angle of your humerus in relation to your body.