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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?

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    Hamstring Pain while benching

    Ive been benching for about a couple of months now. And i was fine at first, but the last few times I benched i felt a little pain in my left hammy, and just ignored it. Well yesterday, on my last set, after the 5th rep i felt like a cramp or something in my hammy, and had to stop. I tried stretching, but it just hurt a little more, and i did bw squats and deads to see how i was, and it still hurt. Well the pain went away after an hour, and im back to normal now. But im wondering if any of you have had this problem.

    Also Ive been benching the right way, where you arc your back a little, flex your glutes, pinch your shoulderblades and all lately. But i notice that my feet always go up when i do that, so instead of feet flat on the floor, its just my tip toes. Does anyone know how to correct this. Thx in advance.

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    Your'e are probably turning your body and legs a bit, and not pushing your feet through the floor. I used to get that sometimes as well.
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    my heel doesnt reach the floor when i bench, i dont really care. i pull back shoulder blades and keep proper back arc w/flexed glutes and all. if it matters to you to have your feet on the floor maybe you could stack some plates or something else.

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    If your feet dont reach the floor just stack some plates up so that your feet can push on them.

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    you can also put your feet on the bench (if your doing flat bench) and that will give you proper forum
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    I've damn near pulled a hamstring benching before.

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    Ok, i realize now that i was benching on my tip toes, and i should have my entire foot down driving. Thx. So what are some of the ways you can pull a hamstring benching? I just want to know what to look out for. So far i have 1)feet not on floor 2)moving body, what else could cause it?

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    Well, if you are benching with an arch and feet planted, you are trying to get some leg drive (yes sounds weird), when it gets that tight it can cramp up quite easily. I've done it before on a few occaisions. Maybe putting a plate or board on each side will help with this. In competitions it's quite frequent that someone will request boards for their feet, since legally they have to be on the ground in the fed I'm with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPietro
    Well, if you are benching with an arch and feet planted, you are trying to get some leg drive (yes sounds weird), when it gets that tight it can cramp up quite easily. I've done it before on a few occaisions. Maybe putting a plate or board on each side will help with this. In competitions it's quite frequent that someone will request boards for their feet, since legally they have to be on the ground in the fed I'm with.
    hopefully your nor bridging. with ass off of bench
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    No, not bridging. It's also in the rules that your ass has to be on the bench. I've seen guys do it though, looks pretty ugly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RBC13
    Well yesterday, on my last set, after the 5th rep i felt like a cramp or something in my hammy, and had to stop. I tried stretching, but it just hurt a little more, and i did bw squats and deads to see how i was, and it still hurt. Well the pain went away after an hour, and im back to normal now. But im wondering if any of you have had this problem.
    If you get a cramp it will hurt and be tight for a while, probably a few hours. Make sure you drink a lot of water and get potassium (bananas, etc.).

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    Same thing happened to me when i did heavy close grip bench..

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