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    False grip benching?

    Just a question, how many of you guys bench false grip?

    I've heard a lot of pros and cons on both sides of the fence...

    I personally do both... I know it sounds crazy but I feel more powerful with the "suicide" grip when I'm RAW. However shirted I grip the bar due to touching lower.

    Thx. for the input/ opinions
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    I use a false grip on both raw and equuipped. I have tried to change and cannot. It has never caused me any problems.
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    Vin,

    Yeah, I noticed that in your 605 video! It just seems like it less stress on my shoulders and pecs when I'm raw... I think most guys are scared they'll dump the bar or something but I never had that problem...

    I'm waiting to hear from bench8,travis, chris, and the rest of you big bench guys (BTW, usapl makes me grip the bar but I still train thumbless most the time)

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    I use to bench with a suicide grip but now I wrap my thumb around. I don't think I would feel comfortable benching suicide now. IMO, I do think that if you have to compete with your thumbs wrapped then maybe train that way.
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    I've always wrapped my thumbs around the bar. Seen a couple of crashes in meets where guys didn't wrap and lost the weight out of their hands (hurts me just thinking about it.) I also lost part of my left hand in a car crash years ago so now I have to use everything I've got to be able to continue to lift.

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    I know Ryan Celli benches with suicide grip in addition to Vin. Can't argue with either of their results LOL

    I bench with regular grip. I can't squeeze the bar like I need to when I use false grip. When I take a weight out, I grip the bar very hard and it really helps me tighten up my upper back


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    I know this is going to sound ironic, but I always used a false grip until I attended Vinny's bench seminar. I came out of there with a wider, thumbs under grip and really squeezing the bar. That afternoon with Vinny and crew was the best thing that ever happened to my bench in the last 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PDR View Post
    I know this is going to sound ironic, but I always used a false grip until I attended Vinny's bench seminar. I came out of there with a wider, thumbs under grip and really squeezing the bar. That afternoon with Vinny and crew was the best thing that ever happened to my bench in the last 5 years.
    I'm so glad it worked out well for you. Yeah, I like to teach do as I say not as I do. I think I get away with a few things others may not as a result of my time in the sport.
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    My opinion of it is either can be used. There are pros and cons for each...

    False grip allows a lifter to turn his elbows in more. If you grip the bar in a false grip, it naturally will turn your elbows in more. This is good for equipped benching.

    Some have said that false grip allows the bar to fall out too easy. I dont agree with this, as if a bar is gonna fall out, it doesnt matter if your thumb is there or not. Your thumb isnt gonna stop 400, 500, or 600+ pounds. Trust me, I have dropped 700+ before and my thumb wrapped didnt help stop it lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by bencher8 View Post
    My opinion of it is either can be used. There are pros and cons for each...

    False grip allows a lifter to turn his elbows in more. If you grip the bar in a false grip, it naturally will turn your elbows in more. This is good for equipped benching.

    Some have said that false grip allows the bar to fall out too easy. I dont agree with this, as if a bar is gonna fall out, it doesnt matter if your thumb is there or not. Your thumb isnt gonna stop 400, 500, or 600+ pounds. Trust me, I have dropped 700+ before and my thumb wrapped didnt help stop it lol
    Aw hell- I remember you doing that at the gym once. What was that? Like 4 or 5 plates and an obscene amount of band tension?
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    yeah, something like that....that band tension pulling the bar down harder sucked, good thing I had a brd there to take some steam off lol

    I have actually dropped the bar a few times throughout my lifting. It always comes from my wrist going past straight. Dont know why it happens, but all I know is my thumb didnt do **** to stop it...in fact it prolly hurt me worse cause it bent my thumb to my wrist lol
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    Thanks for the input guys... I've never dropped a bar doing false grip bench.

    I guess I'm lucky, plus I have fairly big hands and use a lot of chalk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bencher8 View Post
    yeah, something like that....that band tension pulling the bar down harder sucked, good thing I had a brd there to take some steam off lol

    I have actually dropped the bar a few times throughout my lifting. It always comes from my wrist going past straight. Dont know why it happens, but all I know is my thumb didnt do **** to stop it...in fact it prolly hurt me worse cause it bent my thumb to my wrist lol

    I used a false grip for years and years, i switched because when i was using lots of band tension with not a lot of weight it would almost jerk out of my hand taking the weight out. but i didnt have good spotters.i still find myself wanting to go back to it, but it feels weird now and my wrists hurt more,

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