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    Lifts - Full Range of Motion

    So lately at the gym I've seen quite a few people loading up the bar with a lot of weight and not doing the lift with a full range of motion.

    It seems the squat and bench are the most common. They'll load up 300+lbs and only go down maybe 6 inches (IE squat - not parallel, bench half way down not touching their chest)

    Is there any benefit to doing this? Seems kinda half ass to me and more like trying to show off.

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    is there a benefit? possibly

    I am sure the people you speak of are not doing it for those said reasons.

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    Seems kinda half ass to me and more like trying to show off.
    This is likely the case.

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    unless there doing half reps on the bench to hit the triceps more there just showing off.
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    oh man i just saw the epitome of this

    a trainer decked out in every piece of "trainer" clothing he possibly could own - everything but the shoes and socks - carries a 48" box over to the smith machine. he proceeds to place a foam pad on top of the box. then he works up to 2.5pps on the smith doing box squats. these seriously had like 4" ROM. i asked him, "uh bro are you doing box squats on a smith with a foam pad on top of that 48" box?" he was like, "yeah man, its good for explosiveness.. wanna work in?"

    i lol'd on the inside.

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    This is because people like lifting with their ego.

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    Friend of mine that now trains regularly with me used to bench like that. He would stop about 4" off his chest and press back up. He actually thought that was the proper way to do a bench press... needless to say his max at the time was about 135.
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    I've seen older guys benching like that because their probably trying not to get hurt. But squatting like that is just embarassing no matter who you are.
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    Are they doing this partial ROM in a power rack or just as their normal workout? Perhaps you may need to observe their workouts in full before making any presumptions. What would you say if you saw someone doing a box squat? Call the FBI?



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    box squat is pretty legitimate to me... more than the squat knee bend.

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    Unless the person has boards stacked up on their chest then they should be using a full range of motion.

    A lot of times it is inexperienced lifters who perhaps read an article on overload, or simply wanted to try to put more weight on the bar without getting stronger. I have done rack pulls and floor press, but is was pretty obvious that I was working a specific range of motion and was not just some guy who wanted to find a way to get three plates on the bar.

    In general I will usually keep an eye on the guys who are benching with short ROM since a lot of times they end up dropping the bar on their chest. I have had to rescue a few lifters who were doing partials and then ended up pinned. For the squatters, just let them do their thing unless they ask you for advice. Almost no one is going to listen to unsolicited advice, especially if it involves swallowing their pride and taking some weight off of the bar.
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    unless there is a purpose to teh exercise..

    it's all pretty much bull****.
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    i heard that some people go to their chins on OHP. I always go full ROM, but some people go to their chin because they say it feels better on their shoulders. any ideas on this and if it's less effective to go full ROM?

    thanks

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    i heard that some people go to their chins on OHP. I always go full ROM, but some people go to their chin because they say it feels better on their shoulders. any ideas on this and if it's less effective to go full ROM?

    thanks
    Go as low as your own range of motion will allow.

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