Pressing raw, am I generally better off with my pinky on the ring, or my index on the ring (max comp width). And I know it depends on the person, but generally what would the average person pressing raw be stronger with? If I am stronger with the medium grip, would I want to work on bringing it out or are most raw pressers using medium grips? I have been using index on the ring for a while now and I am strong at it, but I notice most of the people around me don't go that wide.
Last edited by OGROK; 12-24-2008 at 02:30 AM.
my wingspan is 6'0" and i use pinkies on the rings for raw, been doing indexes on the rings for shirted benching.
I keep my pinkies on the ring for raw, and Shirted too. I used to go max width in the shirt, but it was more comfortable to keep it how it was. I don't know if you do speed work, but I'll switch grips every set so that each finger is on the rings at one point, and pinkies seems to be the "fastest" so I figured its my strongest.
But like you said everyone is different. Worst case scenario you could try it out and see what is easiest from a benchign standpoint.
It seems like a pretty individual thing, depending on body size and proportion and on where you're strongest (off the chest, lockout, etc.). A couple things to consider though, if you're lifting raw, a wide grip can be hard on the shoulders b/c you tend to flair your elbows earlier, and with a narrow grip, its easier (IMHO) to keep the elbows in close to the body and keep your upper back tight.
Ultimately, you should get stronger with a variety of grip positions. Then you'll know what's best for you.
With raw it depends on your strengths and weaknesses. For me, pinkies on the second ring.
I'm a small guy and I like to grip wide. My index fingers are on the rings... Maybe I'll move it in a few and see how it feels...
5'8" 177 (meet PRs) ALL RAW
Bench - 290 (291) Pause reps Dead - 500 (479.5) Squat - 446 (430)
Total - 1236 (1168.4)
Goals: Bench - 280 met 1/19/09 new goal - 300 Squat - 435 met 11/28/09 new goal 475 Dead - 500 met 1/23/10 new goal 525
Last edited by BigTallOx; 12-24-2008 at 04:29 PM.
I keep my ring finger's on the ring. This seems to be my happy medium between shorter ROM and being able to keep my elbows tucked.
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I've been keeping my ring finger on the ring, but I think that is what is holding me back from improving my bench this past year and a half.
Do you lift more if you go wider?