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    lift off or no lift off

    When I bench I use a power & dont use a spotter.I work out at home.I can press 350 by myself do u think I would be able to do more with a lift off.How many of use guys use a lift when using heavy weight.
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    u should be able to answer that question for urself, do u think u have a bigger problem just starting off than you do when you get it moving? thats a sick press by the way

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    I think most people use spots for bench. I personally feel its hard to maintain an arch if you lift it off by yourself... I can do a ton more weight with a spot (10-15 lbs maybe).
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    Most likely you can press more with a spot. I do. When I have a spot, my form stays correct and I have more confidence (and I am not thinking of an escape plan)

    If I need to break thru a barrier (ie repping a certain weight), or if the wts is over 400#, there is a spotter.
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    Generally speaking, you'll be able to press more if you get a lift off. You can set yourself up properly before having the weight in your hands. How significant of a difference will it make? That depends on how much unracking the bar messes up your set up. With a heavy weight I basically lose my arch trying to unrack the bar. Which can mean a 10-15lb difference...
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    I get a lift off when i go heavy because it kills my wrists if I don't.

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    If I'm going for less than 5 reps on something I'll get a lift off
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    I never get a lift off. I never go heavy enough where I can only do 1 or 2 reps. Usually 4-5 rep range. Also I can't perform the arch or leg drive. I suck.

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    I can definitely lift more when I have a lift off. It allows me to start with proper form and maintain it. Make sure you get a lift off from someone who knows how to guide the weight out to you. Often times someone will lift off and quickly release their hands causing the lifter to become unbalanced.

    I have also noticed more shoulder pain now that I workout out at home with no one to give me a lift off.

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    i can lift more with a lift off because of what red fury mentioned, i can keep my arch and its less energy expended, i like to get lift offs for my heavy sets and a good spotter because u neevr know what can happen
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    I only get a lift of when i'm maxing out. i dont really feel i need it if i'm repping something. I do however need a liftoff on all my decline benching because it is at an awkward angle to get the bar off.

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    You'll be able to get a tighter position for benching and save some energy with someone giving the hand off, i'm sure you could put up more with a handoff.

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    Here's how I feel... If you need a liftoff for max effort attempts, get a lift off for all but the first couple warmup sets. I often get a lift off for 135lbs. That way I can practice setting up like I actually would for a heavy lift.
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    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
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    having a spotter and getting a liftoff makes a big difference. you don't have to worry about whether or not to do that last rep because you have a spotter and you're in better position to start.
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