Quick question, I have the Texas Power Bar now. Still haven't had a chance to use it yet because I need to put together my rack, and clean up some more space. I'll definetly be lifting at home though by or before friday of next week. I checked the length of the bar at the gym I go to now, and there 5' for sure because it's smaller then me. The Texas Power bar is 7', will the extra length affect my lifts in any way? I was thinking about it, and it would seem that it would make it harder to bench, but Im not to sure, would it?
It will make all your lifts easier. It will have more flex/bend to it.
Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
A 7 foot bar is what any serious lifter should be using. And it should help., like Deeder said a longer bar will have more flex.
Being a strong teenager means nothing.
My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.
Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.
From an simplified engineering point of view, it will make no difference. As posted above, if deadlifting the added flex will make it a little easier. It's really not an appreciable enough factor to worry about while benching.
OK, thanks guys. I didn't think of it that way.