I noticed a bunch of college kids doing bench press yesterday at the gym and every one of them would turn their head to left as they pushed the weight up. Is there a reason for this ?
Some people do that naturally. There is nothing good about it, and it could cause a bit of a strain, so I would avoid it.
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Its common to see with beginners as well as seeing a leg kick out every now and then. As chris said above, its not something to be emulated.
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LOL !!! Well I was to the left of them and I sure ain't pretty.
Just thought it was strange to see all 3 guys doing it, was thinking maybe there was something to it.
I used to do that under heavy weights, i would look directly at the plates loaded on the left side of the bar. I had to teach myself out of that habit, not sure how it started.
its just a weird reaction, i used to do the same things under heavy loads after focusing on it for a while i corrected it
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Is there a mirror nearby? Chances are he was trying to check out how buff they are!
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I definitely see a lot of people do this, and I used to do it myself. Never did figure out why it happens though. I noticed I would only do it when the weight got heavier and thus slower. So, maybe it's psychological and has to do with 'willing' the weight through the sticking point.
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Bet you a buck it has something to do with left brain/right brain science and some sort of adrenalin push. Take note when younger guys bench to see if it's a natural inclination for some reason....
I have a friend that does that. For some reason, he said he is stronger when he looks to the left! haahha!!
due to poor form/technique and/or training nooblets.