Hello, i am not new to this forum, i have been browsing around for quite a few months. I am 16, 5.10 and about 140pounds. Iv been lifting weights on and off for the past 4 months. 3 of those 4 months were really good. i worked hard, saw size gains and overall felt great. At the end of those 3 months though, my benching began to gave me some trouble. After i finished benching, my lower back would have a tense feeling. Is this normal? i heard lifting your legs onto the edge of the bench at an angle helps because it straightens your back, but it doesnt seem to work for me. Because of this i stopped benching and i want to start it again, without the pain.
Are there any warmups, exercises or stretches i can do to prevent this? or should i change my benching technique?
are you arching your back whilst straining to push up the weight?
Not at all, my back is completely leveled with the bench, and i never do what i know i cant handle. Does the positioning of where your legs are change anything?
If you work out at a gym you should try to get someone with half a brain to watch your form. If you cant do that maybe you could put a video up on here of your bench.
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A slight arch is not bad (powerlifters have some decent arches when lifting). Just make sure your butt isn't coming off the bench. I think that's where the problem comes.
My back has cramped up on me somtimes when benching(1 rm's). Mostly lats. Did some light stretching and this seemed to help.
maybe touching your toes a few times will help
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