The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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    Narrow grip bench form.

    Do you guys go all the way down (touch chest) or just above. I've noticed that when I go all the way down, it puts a lot of stress on my right elbow.

    Thanks Dave

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    no need to go down all the way ...if you want to, try using an ez bar

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    There is no need to go all the way down, although I do. I keep my elbows close to my side and bring the bar down to my upper abs. Seems like the full ROM is beneficial.

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    How narrow is your grip? I was never certain has to how narrow was too narrow. I usually have about 4-5 inches between hands and as a result my hands touch right below my chest, then I press.

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    My pinkies are at the knurled part of the bar.


    ----xxx-xxxhand---handxxx-xxx----

    Thanks

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    you are very descriptive

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    hahaha. nice drawing rygar. that's where i hold also. i also touch my chest and rub my elbows against my sides on the way down.

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    For my grip I stand up and put my hands straight out (directly in front of my shoulders) so as to look like Frankenstein. I use that grip. I go all the way down but use powerlifter bench form.
    Last edited by KingJustin; 03-04-2005 at 10:10 PM.

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    only 4-5 inches between your hands? wow i always thought that slightly narrower then shoulder width was fine. I have troulbe balanceing the barbell if its too narrow, because my right arm is stronger and so it seems to lean left.

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    i guess that's something you'll just have to work on then. i think the closer the grip the more it hits the tris and the harder it makes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABDomega
    How narrow is your grip? I was never certain has to how narrow was too narrow. I usually have about 4-5 inches between hands and as a result my hands touch right below my chest, then I press.
    About 5-6 inches. I usually extend my thumbs until they touch each other, then wrap my hands at that distance. I have gone as close as 1 inch just to see what it feels like on my tris, but it hurts my shoulder. Whatever puts the most stress on your tris is the right answer.

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    Thanks for the responce guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idzeroone
    About 5-6 inches. I usually extend my thumbs until they touch each other, then wrap my hands at that distance. I have gone as close as 1 inch just to see what it feels like on my tris, but it hurts my shoulder. Whatever puts the most stress on your tris is the right answer.
    Yeah that's it. I touch my thumbs, sounds about right. I like narrow grip press!

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