When you guys bench, do you arc the bar or do you go straight p and down. I always read to arc it but I would think that a straight line would be the least line of resistence and so the least force needed. What is right and what is the difference in how the muscle is worked?
hmmmmmmm... will i ever be big enough?
Depends on where the bar goes down to. If it goes down to an area between your nipples and your shoulders , anything but a straight line is a waste of time and energy.
If the bar goes down to your lower rib cage (like a powerlifter) then it HAS to go in some type of an arc or else it wouldn't end up directly over your shoulders when it's at the top.
it depends on why I'm benching at the time. for strength I follow a straight path. when benching for hypertrophy I use a slight arch...
I agree with Lean and Mean. if you're oging in a straight line, it's a shorter path. However the arc, which I believe is a function of your arm movement, creates greater hypertrophy.
No arc.....straight down from a locked out position and straight back up to a locked out position, bar should touch just under your pec.
that's for powerlifting form more than bodybuilding nobody