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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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    Powerlifting vs Regular Bench Press

    On Exrx.net there are two different forms of benching presses (1) Powerlift and (2) Regular. I've don't think I ever tried the powerlifting bench press before, but it reads that it involves more two more stablizers, your butt and your spine.

    When doing either one of these Raw , which one of these is easier? which one is better for hypertrophy? which one is better for building strength and power? Do BBers use regular bench while powerlifters use the other?
    Life isn't like Burger King, you can't always have it your way.


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    Also, interestingly, it mentions pressing the weight from your upper chest. Most people I see seem to bench down to their nipple line or below...

    I've always felt more natural pressing from my upperchest/anterior delts area.

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    The main difference is the tucked elbows and body set up.

    which one of these is easier?

    Depends on your build. I think for most people, you'll press more weight using the PL stye

    which one is better for hypertrophy?

    Both are fine.

    which one is better for building strength and power?

    Both are fine

    Do BBers use regular bench while powerlifters use the other?

    Depends on the lifter.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
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    For some reason I can lift WAAAY more with a regular bench. I guess my triceps need a lot of work.

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    Originally posted by DokterVet
    For some reason I can lift WAAAY more with a regular bench. I guess my triceps need a lot of work.
    You mean with elbows flared out? Strange...
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    Same here. And yes, my triceps need work

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