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SkinnySadMan
11-13-2006, 11:01 PM
My lifting buddy said that it's awkward how I go slow at the bottom half the movement (Barbell touching chest then to Halfway ROM), and then at the top half of ROM to lockout and that it looks like I'm bouncing it.

He says it wastes strength or something like that and I should just let the bar go up naturally.

I thought my triceps were just more powerful than my chest.

I asked him if I bounced the weight at the bottom but he said no, so is this normal ?

Bohizzle
11-13-2006, 11:08 PM
u just have stronger triceps than ur chest from what i hear. a lot of people are like that at near max weight.

Andrew

VariantInterval
11-14-2006, 01:28 AM
I have the opposite case as you.I'm fast off the chest and slow at the top, but I KNOW that my tris are on the weaker side (compared to everything else), so that would explain it.

Sexybeast777
11-14-2006, 04:01 AM
In my opinion, go fast on the way up, controled on the way down, but not slow, then as soon as the bar touches your chest, you explode again, this creates the most power in my opinon, allowing you to lift more weight, therefore creating more muscle growth. In my opinion, pausing at the bottom, like powerlifters do, causes muscle tears and it's very dangerous, that's one of the things I don't like about powerlifting, they make you pause.

Guido
11-14-2006, 07:35 AM
Why would pausing be MORE dangerous than touch and go? You are taking rebound force out of the equation then which would mean LESS instantaneous force being exerted upon the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Besides, if you are powerlifting, you should train how to lift as you would in a meet (i.e. with a pause), otherwise you will have an inaccurate view of what you can lift with proper form.

Sexybeast777
11-15-2006, 03:03 AM
Why would pausing be MORE dangerous than touch and go? You are taking rebound force out of the equation then which would mean LESS instantaneous force being exerted upon the muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Besides, if you are powerlifting, you should train how to lift as you would in a meet (i.e. with a pause), otherwise you will have an inaccurate view of what you can lift with proper form.
That was just my opinion guido! and if you don't wanna agree with it that's fine!

MolonLabe
11-15-2006, 04:38 AM
are you lifting with a shirt or raw? When I lift with a shirt I tend to "load the shirt" by bringing my elbows in towards my ribcage and "unwinding" up towards lock out. A lot of people will tell you that you are lifting wrong with your elbows in/out, but I thing it is all personal preference. If you hit your max or better with your elbows in/out then you are lifting right for you. Otherwise, change the way you bench. Remeber, your bench also starts with your legs and back. These are the biggest muscles in your body. They are what the muscle that are going to get you your "BIG" bench. Build these muscle ups.

SkinnySadMan
11-15-2006, 07:19 PM
I bench raw...