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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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  1. #1
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    correct foot position for bench press

    Hi, I have heard from several knowledgeable people that the correct foot position for a bench press is to have the toes pointed outward at an angle and that the toes should be behind the knees. Is this correct or is there another more efficient way. I want to be able to get a nice tight position without having my butt lift off the bench.

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    One crazy MOFO/Mail man
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    I don't think it really matter's for BB purposes but, if your powerlifter it matters.... I think....
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    Gaglione Strength Chris Rodgers's Avatar
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    I actually have mine tucked back as far as I can and am basically up on my toes. It's really up to you. Some of the best benchers bench like his while other great benchers bench with their legs out in front of them out to the sides.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
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    I tried it with my feet WAY back, and I was up on my toes. After I did 235, it counted as NO LIFT because MY FEET WERE NOT ON THE GROUND!! That pissed me off. SO basically because of the stupid idiot coaches a.k.a certified highschool powerlifting judges(sarcasm), I have to keep my WHOLE FREAKIN FOOT on the ground, which sucks, because the leg drive isn't as good.

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    Gaglione Strength Chris Rodgers's Avatar
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    Yea, depends on the Federation. IPF/USAPL make you keep your feet flat on the floor.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    Interesting thread. I always find myself shifting my foot position back a bit when I'm in a battle to get the weight up.
    "The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion."
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    Word.

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    The powerlifter way.



    Thats was a joke btw, don't kill me . I have to agree with Latman. I would try different positions until you find which one suits you best.

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    Ouch.
    "damn...can't beat logic like that.
    NAte is exactly right." - Tryska

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    Why is it that I see a lot of people at my gym bench with their feet on the bench or crossed in the air?

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    I don't get the dudes that arc there back up about 4 feet off the bench??????????????????????????????????????

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    Some people put there feet on the bench thinking it will help add 5lbs to the lift. I've never tried it. My feet are out forward, sometime shuffle when struggling. I'll have to experiment, never thought it was a big deal.

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    I always thought the goal of putting your feet on the bench was to prevent back arch...
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    Put your feet on the bench and watch your stability go to hell. A lot of physical therapy centers will have people with lower back injuries do benching with their feet up. This helps them work on stability and works a bit on the Psoas muscle. Or so the rumor goes.

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    Also, in addition to what SF said---benching with your feet at the bottom of the bench really makes the lift a LOT harder. You have to do all the stabilizing, etc. I used to bench with my feel either on the bench, or in the air crossed, and I think that helped out with pec development.

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    Originally posted by MonStar
    Also, in addition to what SF said---benching with your feet at the bottom of the bench really makes the lift a LOT harder. You have to do all the stabilizing, etc. I used to bench with my feel either on the bench, or in the air crossed, and I think that helped out with pec development.
    what about now Mike? have you reverted to feet flat on the floor?

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