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    importance of flexing throughout a movement?

    was talking with a friend last night and discussing our workouts and he says he constantly flexes throughout a movement..always talking about a massive squeeze..
    Bench press he's always flexing his pec muscles all through....I've heard this before its often hard to remember,I usually flex on the positive lift..thoughts,ideas and suggestions welcomed.....
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    its generally good to squeeze at the end, or concentric part of the lift; the climax, if you will.

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    How do you bench press without "squeezing" at the top or bottom of the lift? Unless you're resting the bar on your chest at the bottom of the lift, shouldn't your chest be "squeezed" the whole time?

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    In a bench press your chest is only used 50% of the time. Once your elbows are past 135 degrees your triceps kick in big time. I flex my chest at the top of a rep after coming back up.

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    Got it. That makes a lot of sense as well.

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    Flexing your chest will not make the movement different than it mechanically is. Certain muscles are activated in certain movements, "thinking" about it isnt going to increase hypertrophy. Just move the ****in weight and eat.
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    Try squeezing/flexing your chest for ex, after your last set, for 30 secs. You will get an amazing pump, and in the long run, it apparently helps build a stronger more dense looking muscle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalls
    Flexing your chest will not make the movement different than it mechanically is. Certain muscles are activated in certain movements, "thinking" about it isnt going to increase hypertrophy. Just move the ****in weight and eat.
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    Funny how almost everyone advocating flexing has less than 100 posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalls
    Flexing your chest will not make the movement different than it mechanically is. Certain muscles are activated in certain movements, "thinking" about it isnt going to increase hypertrophy. Just move the ****in weight and eat.
    I just noticed that you're at 3000 posts!

    And I agree... I can't concentrate on a lift if I'm trying to flex everything... Just lift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez
    Funny how almost everyone advocating flexing has less than 100 posts.
    Does that mean if i post loads i automatically become a mastermind on every subject?

    I was told years ago when i first did weights (in school) about doing isometric exersizes (flexing) for each muscle after it is worked. Did that back then. Since i started again i havent bothered, and cant say ive noticed any difference, pump or otherwise.

    If you are gonna be flexing after each exercise, just remember its rwice as effective if you do it infront of a mirror

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    This one from the rugged post is my hands-down FAVOURITE lat stretch:

    "To emphasize the middle and lower lats; grab hold to the frame of a squat rack or something similar with a reverse grip (the palm of your hand should be facing away from your body). Sit back and generate your weight in the opposite direction of the rack (i.e. backwards). This is a brutally painful stretch. "

    And it really IS a brutally painful stretch. If you do it right, it feels like the muscle is tearing off the bone.

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    Not all reps are created equal. The original poster's question has some merit.

    Vanfreak, paying attention to those things will, IMO, make you a better bodybuilder. Muscles don't know how much weight they are using, they only respond to the strength of a contraction. Using heavy weight is by far the best way to invoke the contraction of as much muscle as possible, but that is not to say that "flexing" during an exercise will not help either. In fact, I think it can make a huge difference in one's long term progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJS
    In a bench press your chest is only used 50% of the time. Once your elbows are past 135 degrees your triceps kick in big time. I flex my chest at the top of a rep after coming back up.

    so what is the chest doing in the other 50% of the movement?
    is it just relaxed?
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Built
    This one from the rugged post is my hands-down FAVOURITE lat stretch:

    "To emphasize the middle and lower lats; grab hold to the frame of a squat rack or something similar with a reverse grip (the palm of your hand should be facing away from your body). Sit back and generate your weight in the opposite direction of the rack (i.e. backwards). This is a brutally painful stretch. "

    And it really IS a brutally painful stretch. If you do it right, it feels like the muscle is tearing off the bone.
    After every set of squats, I grab the center of the bar with both hands and drop down to stretch my upper body. It feels great after having my arms in such an uncomfortable position.

    I'm gonna do this one too..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez
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    Funny how almost everyone advocating flexing has less than 100 posts.
    "Flexing" on the rep is something the muscle mags advocate. Just another ******ed thing they say to keep you buying their ****ty semi-gay-porn mags.

    If you are doing the right weight, i would hope you are freaking flexing.

    Flexing at the end of the rep, better called "finishing strong," is something you should probably be doing anyways.
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    By "flexing" I am referring to voluntary tension in a muscle... not the tension created automatically in a muscle by using a heavy weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by body
    so what is the chest doing in the other 50% of the movement?
    is it just relaxed?
    No.. The muscles are activated to a certain degree along the entire movement. However, as the picture illustrates, the triceps are the primary mover at the top of the motion and the pecs are the primary mover at the bottom. This is why people tend to have a sticking point around the middle of the bench press motion; where the triceps take over from the chest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorge Sanchez
    :withstupi

    Funny how almost everyone advocating flexing has less than 100 posts.
    Are you implying people with less than 100 posts are not knowledgable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith
    Are you implying people with less than 100 posts are not knowledgable?
    Not only did he do that, but he punched a midget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith
    Are you implying people with less than 100 posts are not knowledgable?
    Generally, yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eszekial
    "Flexing" on the rep is something the muscle mags advocate. Just another ******ed thing they say to keep you buying their ****ty semi-gay-porn mags.

    If you are doing the right weight, i would hope you are freaking flexing.

    Flexing at the end of the rep, better called "finishing strong," is something you should probably be doing anyways.
    I'm confused by this. First you rant about how flexing is from ****ty magazines that don't know anything. Then you say finishing strong, which is part of what the OP was talking about, is a good idea. So is your general conclusion that flexing throughout the entire movement, by using the right weight and finishing strong, is a good idea? Because I think that makes the semi-gay magazines right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedSpikeyThing
    I'm confused by this. First you rant about how flexing is from ****ty magazines that don't know anything. Then you say finishing strong, which is part of what the OP was talking about, is a good idea. So is your general conclusion that flexing throughout the entire movement, by using the right weight and finishing strong, is a good idea? Because I think that makes the semi-gay magazines right.
    If any of this was useful, we'd all be ripped because we stood around in the mirror flexing our muscles.

    Finishing strong refers to not cheating. I don't want to rehash the entire post to get the point across. Did you read the entire thread?

    Enough said.

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