Hey guys, could you critique and check my form on close grip bench please? I maxed out at 305 today, which is a 20 lb PR for me, and I did it after training delts so I could probably have gotten a bit more fresh.
Here is the 295 vid:
Here is 305:
And here's some DB shoulder presses with 85s (same workout)
I know the angle is bad on the 305 vid, I only realized it after the lift, sorry
My only suggestion is that you make the path a straighter one and take the shoulder rotation out of it.
OK, thank you
Also just a question, my close grip bench seems to be catching up, or maybe even getting stronger, than my regular bench... a few weeks ago, my close grip max was 285, and regular bench was 300... now I got 305 on close grip, and my last regular benching session I did 242(110kg)x9, so it seems my close grip has gotten as strong as my regular bench?
315 with regular grip
Chris is right on (as usual) with the rotation, but why are you maxing out on your CG bench like that?
I know that sometimes people use a heavy weight like that to help work their way up to that weight for reps in the future, but in general doing a single rep doesn't actually do anything for you. You increase your risk of injury by using a weight that you can barely handle without getting any real benefit.
Sorry, I'm not trying to be negative, I just don't like to see people get injured. I did max outs when I was younger and ended up getting hurt.
Last edited by Goin_Big; 11-06-2012 at 12:44 PM. Reason: typo
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My previous max was 300 on regular bench and 285 on close grip, so I'm happy that I increased my strength a fair bit in only 2 weeks, especially that 3 plates on bench (as you see on my last vid) had been a goal for me for a long time.
Also wanted to add that I usually focus more on setting Rep maxes, for instance on my last bench session, I benched 107.5kg (236.5 lbs) for 11 reps, which is a PR for me at that weight.
Last edited by Pantera; 11-07-2012 at 01:16 AM.
While I know it can and does happen a lot, I personally cannot think of one time that I injured myself on max singles or even triples with good mornings. I can think of multiple times I have injured myself warming up or doing rep work or once even just placing the bar in the rack (had a back spasm).
I just got back from benching, got 255x9, guess that's an improvement