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    help unracking the barbell on bench?

    When you bench press (working sets, not warmups), do you have someone help unrack the weight for you?

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    When the weight gets heavy, yeah I do. Especially if I have a training partner. No reason not to. It saves your shoulders big time as well as helps keep you in position


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    I try to save my lift off's for max attempts only. I feel it makes me "stronger" for my max attempts. If I can hit a 400lb rep max without a liftoff, then maybe the energy I would save with the lift off might give me 5 extra lbs.. you never know..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSully View Post
    I try to save my lift off's for max attempts only. I feel it makes me "stronger" for my max attempts. If I can hit a 400lb rep max without a liftoff, then maybe the energy I would save with the lift off might give me 5 extra lbs.. you never know..

    Thats my opinion..
    i think that would be more of a mental edge than anything.
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    If I am training with someone then yes I get liftoffs for all my sets. This allows you to stay tight and keep a proper position. Saving for a max attempt is a bad idea since you won't be used to being set up like that and will most likely not be in the same position when you get the bar over your chest.
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    If I am training with someone then yes I get liftoffs for all my sets. This allows you to stay tight and keep a proper position.
    Same here.

    If I'm training alone then I make do with what I've got.

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    Yes, on anything 135 on up. A good liftoff lets you stay in position and save your energy for the lift.

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