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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Jul 2003

    Newbie! Benchpress Quick question

    Hi all,

    I am new here and I just began weightlifting and I have a quick question:

    When lowering the weight, do I have to touch my chest?

    I am currently lowering the bar about 3" from touching my chest, similar to how I do a push up. Do I benefit from touching my chest with the bar? I tried to search the board and someone posted that, if your arm is parallel to the floor it is fine, but someone in the gym told me that I get the full range of motion and I will benefit more if I lower the bar to my chest.

    Thank you so much.


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    Rollin Dubs HORNEDFROGS07's Avatar
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    May 2003
    4 Words: Full Range of Motion
    Vincere aut mori

    "The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves."

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    Fighting Genetics AdamGberg's Avatar
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    yup, go down at a slower pace, touch your chest for a second, then explode up, eat, sleep, repeat
    "Don't take life too serious, you'll never get out alive."-Van Wilder

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    zen idiot Scott S's Avatar
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    Marion, IA
    Yep. Bring it all the way to your chest, but don't bounce it off.

    And change your name. It's disgusting! tuttut


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