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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    The Tuna Tempter
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    bench press form

    I've been doing flat bench with my elbows pulled in lately. This way I find I can do a lot less weight...and I don't feel much if any strain on my pecs...mainly the tris and front delts. How should I do bench for better pec stimulation?
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    elbows in is more of a PL technique...for hypertrophy when benching use the same hand spacing that you would to perform a push up it should be almost the same movement etc...

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    will that be bad for shoulders at all??
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    Not if you don't bring your arms too far down. Most folks say bring the bar to your chest. That depends on your chest size and arm length, though. What most exercise manuals say is to bring the bar down untill you upper arms are parallel with the floor, no lower or you'll straing your shoulders. Going this far shouldn't be a problem at all.

    Going further may work for many folks, but before you try it realize that you COULD (not probably will, mind you, just could) strain your shoulders if you bring your arms much lower. Transfers strain from the pecs to the shoulders rapidly once you go below upper arms parallel.

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    so basically your saying to do half the ROM?
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    Hmm I think thats my problem, I always touch my chest with the bar and it causes pain in the front delts.
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