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

Its 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    Where do you touch the bar when you come down?
    Where does the bar sit in your hands?
    Do you have your elbows tucked or flared?

    1. On my chest, but you know, I've never paid attention to where exactly. Most of the vids I've been looking at say on or below the nipple area. It's probably something I have to get used to by practicing more often.

    2. Not on my heels, that's for sure. I didn't know about that until this past weekend. I'm usually grasping the bar during the entire movement.

    3. I think they're flared. I've never quite gotten the whole arms 45-degree angle thing.

    This vid -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUcjOIZc80c -- mentions something about an elbow correction. I'm not really clear on it. Just saw it again ... am I rotating them slightly outwards and do I keep them rotated for the duration of the set?

    Do people usually bench with their feet on the bench or on the floor?
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    Benching with your feet on the bench is a bodybuilder trick to target the chest more; fuller range of movement and no leg drive.
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    Great thread lots of useful pointers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Focused70 View Post
    1. On my chest, but you know, I've never paid attention to where exactly. Most of the vids I've been looking at say on or below the nipple area. It's probably something I have to get used to by practicing more often.

    2. Not on my heels, that's for sure. I didn't know about that until this past weekend. I'm usually grasping the bar during the entire movement.

    3. I think they're flared. I've never quite gotten the whole arms 45-degree angle thing.

    This vid -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUcjOIZc80c -- mentions something about an elbow correction. I'm not really clear on it. Just saw it again ... am I rotating them slightly outwards and do I keep them rotated for the duration of the set?

    Do people usually bench with their feet on the bench or on the floor?
    I'm not entirely sure this is what you are looking for...you've probably already read it but just in case
    http://www.bodybuildinguniverse.com/routine9.htm

    It is a long read but maybe some things in there could be helpful...it does address the issues of numbers 1 and 3 in your above quote.

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