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    Understanding Bench Shirts (Part I)

    I had a camera at the gym today and thought I'd give a very brief and very simple explanation about how bench press shirts work.

    I will try to have successive parts to this so that people can see how a bench press shirt is put on and how the shirt's "groove" works.

    Hope it makes sense. The video is at putfile and youtube:

    http://media.putfile.com/Intro-to-Bench-Shirts-part-I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkMSVHqPfrE
    Last edited by Sensei; 09-04-2006 at 06:39 AM.
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    Moved this fromt hemembers pics section, I think this is sticky worthy.

    This way you can post the rest of the vids here.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this kind of stuff.
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    Nice, I think the effect would be fuller if you used a shirt and had a partner there. Still very informative, I think perhaps and even bigger topic would be how to properly get on a bench shirt and just how tight some of them can acceptably be.

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    Thanks Paul!

    WBBIRL,
    Thanks for the feedback WBBIRL. I used the t-shirt so that people who don't own one could get a feel for what one is like. I'll tape another segment when my training partner comes to town and I'll show how to get the thing on.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Looking forward to it. I have always been curious about the "groove" myself.

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    great vid sensei. really helpful thanks. very simple and very effective.
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    I liked the slip up at the end:

    "And that's how a bench ****... uh, shirt works"
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