Does anyone change the way they bench between their raw workout days and their shirted workout days? I have had a tendency to bench in the body building style when I am lifting raw. My elbows are out and the bar moves in a straight path off the chest. When I bench in the shirt I have a groove that takes me quite low and forces my elbows to tuck.
I have tried benching raw in the shirted style, but do not have anywhere the strength. I feel very uncomfortable and weak when I get into an arch when not in the shirt. Is this normal or should I really concentrate on bringing the bar low when I am raw lifting even if my numbers go way down?
I bench raw with a slight tuck, good solid arch, but I don't bring the bar down quite so low.
If you bring it too low when benching raw it'll hurt your shoulders. I stick to around the upper abdomen area
I keep my raw and equipped form the same. I find both my raw and equipped have improved as a result. However, most of the guys I train with say don't do what Vinny does.
I did what Vinny does,
I kept them the same as equipped benching was my main goal so I benched raw with my shirted stroke.
I find now that Im raw all the time I still bench with my shirted stroke as it took years to perfect that stroke.
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I generally bench with a slight tuck raw and really tuck when I am in a shirt.
Close grip is almost always elbows out though.
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