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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    narrow grip & elbows in VS wide grip bench press

    hi guys,
    i want to increase my bench press & am having trouble with my technique, from what i have read its good to have a wide grip & also to tuck your elbows in.
    as its very hard to do both would it be better i have a narrower grip & tuck my elbows in or a wide grip instead?

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    Narrower grip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom183 View Post
    Narrower grip.
    Why?
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    He said he wants to increase his bench press. A narrower grip with elbows tucked will allow him to press more weight than a wide grip with elbows flared.

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    It's slightly relative. Where are your hands in relation to the rings on the bar?

    Typically as wide as grip as possible is best because it decreases range of motion and allows you to incorporate more muscle groups


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    at the moment my hand placement is just otside the rings on the bar, but as i mentioned earlier its hard to tuck my elbows in when doing this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zahmed View Post
    at the moment my hand placement is just otside the rings on the bar, but as i mentioned earlier its hard to tuck my elbows in when doing this...
    Try bringing your hands in to where your ring finger is ON the ring.

    At a competition, you can't have your hands wider than index fingers on the ring anyways.

    Really focus on keeping your shoulders pinched back and tight. Don't over tuck as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Typically as wide as grip as possible is best because it decreases range of motion and allows you to incorporate more muscle groups
    This method allows me to press much more weight than narrower grip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Don't over tuck as well.
    I often bench with myarms 30 degrees from my torso, maybe even slightly less. What would you consider over tucking to be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greemah View Post
    I often bench with myarms 30 degrees from my torso, maybe even slightly less. What would you consider over tucking to be?
    I wouldn't know a specific degree. Generally a slight tuck of the elbows is all that is necessary.


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    would he benifit from doing dumbbell bench more then bar bench?

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