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    Bench Problem Diagnosis

    How do you guy diagnose problems in your bench?

    A lot of times I see guys just wildly stabbing at different issues, hoping that one of the things that they are doing will fix their problem.

    Im curious when you guys run into a problem with your bench, how do you figure out what the problem is?


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    For me video taping lifts especially ME lifts has always helped me assess issues in my form and/weaknesses. Being able to see when and where i'm having problems during the movement and then attacking it from there.

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    So how do you go from there?

    Say you are struggling at lockout. Do you just assume you need to do more board work? Is it possibly a speed issue? Could it be a setup/technique issue?


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    I usually start with a video critique. Then I throw it out to those people I trust to give me good feedback. After that I'll go through my logs. It's amazing how much my logs have helped me.


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    Say you are struggling at lockout. Do you just assume you need to do more board work? Is it possibly a speed issue? Could it be a setup/technique issue?
    Like Vincent I also have some experienced buddies throw in their opinion and then honestly just try and fix it through trial and error. If my lockout is feeling and looking like a weak point I add in a bit more top end work to ME movements whether it be bands, chains, boards and/or a mixture of such. I've found a lot of times its the small stuff like assistance work whether it be doing too much or too little that greatly effects certain sticking points for me, reviewing old logs is a good idea for sure.

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    Interesting responses! I suppose I may be over technical on the issue give my coach lol but if I can't think of a good reason to add in something hoping it'll fix a problem, I generally don't.

    Looking forward to hearing more input!


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    Always get stuck at lockout and probably always will. My setup is decent except I can't arch much, and have only managed to figure out how to use very slight leg drive (sometimes it is still none), which could still use work. Other than that I also do much more benching in ways to help fix it like bands, chains, and board pressing. These are the main lift in more than half of my bench workouts, probably around 2/3 to 3/4 most of the time. My lockout has improved, but I just get stronger off the bottom regardless, and it stays ahead of my lockout. But as long as my bench keeps improving, I don't worry about it yet.
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    Good training partners go a long way. Honest and constructive criticism is a must. I'm lucky. If somethig is off with me my guys point it out fast.
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    Depends on what the problem is. Knowledgeable training partners are one way,video of course and going by how the lift feels. On one hand I only get concerned if the problem is with my full range shirted press. Thats not to say I dont put stock in all my other ME,speed, and assistance moves but Imo a lifter shouldnt get worked up if something other than the competirion lift has a problem.That being said the easiest way to diagnose/solve a problem that has worked for my crew is to see where the lift slows down, or form breaks down. Ruling out injuries we pick something that addresses the specific issue.

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    I train with Tone Barbaccio and he has a great eye for the bench. He can point out any flaws in form and suggest what would be the best way to address the problem. Has helped my bench tremendously, and now that im rehabbing back, his input will get me back faster then ever. Point is like already said, having good training partners really is priceless. Diagnosing problems by yourself even with video can be tough. Having an eye on you can spot things not picked up on video.
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