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    Is this close grip bench?

    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?

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    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
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    I close grip with my hands about 8-10 inches apart...anything less and my wrists get sharp pains.

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    Thanks. So basically as long as its more than shoulder width, you'll be hitting chest more than tris, right?

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    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.

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    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,.
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    Thanks guys, appreciate the help.

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