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    where to touch when pressing

    I'm sure this is usually a "shirted" type of question, but I am speaking about raw benching. Should I be touching higher or lower on my chest? Any opinions, or does it matter that much? Thanks, guys!

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    Shirted will be a bit different compared to raw, but bringing it down anywhere close to the bottom of the sternum is optimal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith View Post
    Shirted will be a bit different compared to raw, but bringing it down anywhere close to the bottom of the sternum is optimal.
    Thanks, man!

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    RAW i think the best spot is right on your chest line, before your belly, pressing in a straight line.
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    If I'm not mistaken, I think it depends more on where your forearms/elbows/wrists fall in line, which for *most* people is right below the sternum, like you said.

    But this really kind of depends on how wide you grip the bar and how short/long your arms are.
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