Is this exercise really necessary for strongman training ? Are should you save the shoulders ,and just go all out on your OH Press/ Power Clean & Press ?
You will get alot of mixed opinions. Ive mixed with alot Oly lifters and strongmen who do alot of Oly work and they all tend to stay away from bench to save the shoulders. A guy who started strongman from powerlifting may view it differently. It certinaly can't hurt to bench moderately heavy aver once in a while...
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.
I have heard incline benches are great for strongman, but it is a movement I cannot do without tearing out my shoulder. It has happened before and my body hates that angle with any weight. I use the flat bench press as a substitute for inclines and because I started in powerlifting and I can't make the psychological separation from the bench too easily. I do 3 sets of 5 per week of the bench and use the west side method for my big three. Does anybody have any ideas for my bench dilemma?
Last edited by splat1250; 07-17-2011 at 12:06 PM.
If you are stuck on benching then I would do close grip bench since triceps strength is helpful for overhead assuming that you have good technique / leg drive.