Benching and thumbs: Supposed to wrap thumbs around the bar for safety?
I read something that made sense once, but don't ask me where.
You are supposed to wrap your thumbs around the bar to prevent the bar from falling onto you if you lose control.
I'm looking at the "Bench Kings" article (not alloywed to post in the appropriate topic for some reason), and I see that they don't do that.
I personally prefer the grip shown in the image with thumbs running parallel to the bar. I've successfully unlearned that cuz I heard it was safer, m'kay?
Any thoughts? Does it matter? Can I go back to benching my favorite way?
Thumbs and bench pressing
I also was worried about my suicide grip- so I dropped the weight and tried to build back up with the wrapped thumb grip.
At a certain weight- probably anything over 225- I get painful pressure through my elbows and shoulders.
My positions are very strict and limited due to shoulder surgeries.
So- I just make sure my safety bars are set properly and go suicide when the pain kicks in.
One size does not fit all
*** advice please on head position- I had read an article that stressed keeping the head firmly preesed back into the bench and then noticed that I was lifting my head during the lift.
Is it OK to jam a pad under your head or does that still negate the positives by keeping your head pressed flat ?