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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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    Trouble setting up on lower competition benches with very long femurs.

    Ever since I switched gyms, I cannot setup properly on the lower benches. I used to be able to get both tight and tremendous leg drive because my old gym's bench was higher off the ground.

    I can either tuck my legs back which results in zero leg drive, but I am very tight or I can go feet way out and to the side and get better leg drive, but less support from being less tight.

    Anyone here have long femurs that can give me any advice?


    This is a video of how I used to be able to setup. Notice the angle of my thigh and the opposing angle of my shin. This allowed me to support a good chunk of the weight with my legs. I got that awesome feeling when I unracked that the weight felt supported by my upper back and legs, not my arms.

    However, on the shorter bench, if I attempt that setup, my thigh angle gets closer to 90 degrees and I just get zero leg drive or support. It has been over 2 years now and I still haven't figured out how to get that feeling of support on the shorter benches.


    Higher bench = good support and drive


    Lower bench = no support and no leg drive, notice the angle of my thigh. USAPL is my fed, so that is why I don't go on my toes to try to increase that angle. Is there any other foot placement that would help me?

    Last edited by FearFactory; 04-25-2013 at 12:26 PM.

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