For a Big bench, lats vs pec
I got this argument from the elite fitness powerlifting board. The prevailing opinion on their is for a big bench you should use your lats much more than your chest for bench pressing. Tricep and Lat strength are what separates a good bencher from a great bencher. In fact they say that most pec benchers, usually suffer more injuries and lift much less weight. So if you want a big bench train your triceps and lats and leave the chest work at home. Would like to hear some opinions on here about this, I was always under the impression the bench was a chest exercise till I read this and some articles by david Tate and louie Simmons.
Re: The article from T-Mag
Originally posted by Otter
For what it's worth ... the article from Dave Tate on T-Mag.com .........
Five reasons your bench gets stuck at the bottom
and what you can do about it
#3 ó Your lats are weak
You need to have strong lats if you want a big bench; thereís no way around this. To illustrate the point, try this: In a standing position, hold your arms in the bottom bench position; now flare your lats. What happened? Your arms moved forward. This is part of the same movement that happens when you bench press.
Didn't I just say that?
One more thing, bench shirts were created out of mankinds absolute need to show constant progress, not to avoid injury (although that may be a nice side effect).
The above is my opinion, not necessarily fact.