Ok guys, here's my question:
1) What is the purpose of the carpet bench?
2) How do you make one? Just buy whatever carpet and roll it up? Is there a specific type of carpet one should use?
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P.S. Paul Anderson use to floor press 1000 pounds naked lying on an egyptian carpet.
Carpet pressing is just like board pressing except with a rolled up carpet instead of boards. Lots of people do this with foam rollers. The purpose of a board press is to train specific ranges of the pressing motion in order to increase your overall power...this means a bigger bench.
...?P.S. Paul Anderson use to floor press 1000 pounds naked lying on an egyptian carpet.
It takes some of the stress off the shoulders and pecs.
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also it can teach you to speed up the eccentric because you know you are going to get a little weight taken off at the bottom (as its transfered to the carpet). The speeding up of the eccentric really helped me.
A carpet works, I used a bunch of towels duck taped together and it worked well.
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2)Yep, just roll up some carpet. No specific type.
Most likely one of the weirdest first posts we've had here in the PL section.P.S. Paul Anderson use to floor press 1000 pounds naked lying on an egyptian carpet.
Whatever floats your boat though I guess
Sorry for the Paul Anderson joke, lately on powerliftingwatch.com or youtube.com someone always would all of the sudden say how Paul Anderson squatted 1200# RAW so I got the habit of posting random Chuck Norris facts about Paul Anderson in every post. Going to have to stop doing that :P
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Steal your wife's floor matts from her car and get a roll of duck tape. Or just do what big benchers do and use boards.
I,m with you on that one Rob. I train with Jesse K. and if i came in the gym with some rolled up carpet he'd probably laugh me out of the gym.
when speed benching, I believe that some benchers also put carpet under their shirt to stop it smashing up their ribs.
Last edited by AJ_H; 05-14-2009 at 03:35 PM.
Stats: Bodyweight : Current= 150 lbs, Height = 5ft11.5
Bench Press:160 lbs/Squat:225 lbs,/Deadlift:305/Total:675lbs/
Not strong yet, but getting there.
I'd assume this carpet pressing isn't much different than doing presses off foam blocks. Just a different medium, right?