The way the uprights on my new bench are set up, if you grip the bar just inside the uprights, it puts your hands about 5-6 inches from the weights on the ends of the bar, making your hands just past shoulder width apart. This almost feels closer together than what I'm used to, but if I grip on the outside of the uprights, it feels too wide. Will it still hit the chest as well if I grip inside the uprights, or is this considered more of a close grip bench?
I consider close grip to be less than shoulder width.
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When I close grip my thumbs could touch if I extended them. Easily.
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Everybody's gonna be built a little differently and get different amounts of tricep/chest work with the same hand seperation. But in general, I agree with anthony, anything less than shoulder width can be considered close-grip
Last edited by cosmicdebree88; 12-13-2005 at 01:17 PM.
I close grip with my hands about 8-10 inches apart...anything less and my wrists get sharp pains.
Thanks. So basically as long as its more than shoulder width, you'll be hitting chest more than tris, right?
Yes. Too wide limits your ROM though. On normal bench I place my hands just outside of shoulder width. Any wider than that, and I don't feel like I'm working very hard since I don't have to move the weight as far.
i do shoulder width.
if i do my arms any closer there hurt my hands so much I have to sacrifice weight. thus my triceps will not work as hard anyway,.
my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.
Do whatever allows you to keep your elbows tucked in next to your body while keeping your forearms perpendicular to the ground.
Thanks guys, appreciate the help.