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    wide or narrow grip bench press for chest?

    logic (what little i have) tells me wider the better but i feel nothing in my chest. tonight i tried with about a shoulder width (maybe a little narrower) and i felt it working my chest.
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    Wide grip slow on the negative...
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    Wide grip for sure! The narrower you go the more you work your triceps.
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    for growth or to move the most weight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidior
    for growth or to move the most weight?
    for chest growth.


    ill try the slower wide grip next chest day, thanks!
    Age: 22
    Height: 5'10"
    Starting Weight: 135-140lbs (August 1st 2006)
    Current Weight: got up to 177 but got it back down to 170lbs
    Current Goal: cutting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sontizzle
    for chest growth.


    ill try the slower wide grip next chest day, thanks!
    Incorporate a slight pause at the bottom.

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    Try doing a wide grip, up on the chest, without the lockout (continuous tension sort of). Works great on chest development.

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    how wide would be too wide if such a thing?
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    Current Weight: got up to 177 but got it back down to 170lbs
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    Grip the bar as wide as you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyBoy
    Grip the bar as wide as you can.

    No. That's a good way to develop shoulder problems.

    Bill Starr recommends always gripping the bar so that your wrists are directly above your elbows in a straight line. He states that way you direct all the pushing power straight upwards (where you want it to go).

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    There's nothing wrong with a wider grip on a benchpress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris686
    There's nothing wrong with a wider grip on a benchpress.
    Aside from the aforementioned shoulder problems, also wrist problems. Wider is definitely not always better.

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    I think it's all individual, keep playing around with different grips and see what works. I prefer pretty wide and more fluid motion, no pausing at the bottom or resting at the top as best I can.
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