I read two different places, where you should NOT go past parallel, and two other places that said you should to get a maximum stretch. Also, at the top of the motion I twist my wrists inward slightly and contract the chest that much more. I like the twist at the end, and it seems to work pretty well... but what about the parallel thing? What do you guys say?
Just go parallel, there is no point in going further than that because you won't be contracting your muscles as much, and you'll be putting more pressure on your shoulders.
Here's something to try...Instead of doing flys with your palms facing each other at the top of the movement, do it so you bring your thumbs together at the top and through out the movement. I fell it in my chest much more this way.
i always go for a full stretch. I have long arms and i feel it better going passed parallel.
Doesnt work for me going just parallel
You should go for as great of a stretch as your individual anatomy will allow without risking injury. Twisting the wrists at the top is not really a way to make the exercise more productive because there is essentially no resistance at the top of the movement. In doing so, you are only performing as isometric contraction and that will do little for growth.
Are you talking about what I posted? I didn't mean twisting it at the top, but rather keeping that position through out the movement. So at the bottom, thumbs would face the ceiling, and at the top come together.
I feel it more this way. Is it at all better?
I wasn't referring to your post MWB, but I think that what you are talking about is a matter of personal preference. I cannot think of a reason why it would be physiologically better.
Ok. For me it seems to put my tension on my chest. I'll usually do one set like that and one regular with heavy weight at the end of my chest workout.