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    floor press help

    so tonight was ME bench night, and i chose to do floor presses for the first time. i did these in the power rack, because its the only way i've seen them done. i am condemned with long arms, and my elbows kept hitting the bottom of the rack. unless i do really close grip or a JM type press, this seems to happen. the only other logical way i can think of to do these is to use 2 step stools to put the weight on, and just move the weight off of that, then rack it back on the step-up stools. this dosen't seem very safe. maybe there is another way that im just completely not seeing. it sucks being the only powerlifter in this town. any help is appreciated guys, thanks.

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    Yeah I had a similar problem due to my long arms as well. I just did a super narrow grip, which actually really helped my bench progress. Give it a shot, if you don't like it, then do the step stool idea (or use 2 benches).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyBoy View Post
    Yeah I had a similar problem due to my long arms as well. I just did a super narrow grip, which actually really helped my bench progress. Give it a shot, if you don't like it, then do the step stool idea (or use 2 benches).
    yeah, sounds like i should give the narrow grip a shot. thanks for the help.

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    No sweat bro.

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    What's a floor press?
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    Quote Originally Posted by manowar669 View Post
    What's a floor press?
    basically just a regular BP, but on the floor, you go down until your tri's are relaxed on the floor, then go to lockout.

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    There is a way we do them with out a rack but it is kind of hard to explain how to lift the weight. Roll it over your toes up onto the stomach then arch your back like a really bad bench press with the ass off the floor and pop the weight up. The other way is to use momentum and roll the bar over the face and plant the elbows in the ground. It pops up but I took the skin off my elbows too many times to go this route.

    One of the competitions requires floor press with out the use of a rack or any aides.

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    why can't you setup the j-hooks on the outside of the rack and do your presses there? check vdizenzo doing them like that in the '4/20 videos' thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepy Guy View Post
    There is a way we do them with out a rack but it is kind of hard to explain how to lift the weight. Roll it over your toes up onto the stomach then arch your back like a really bad bench press with the ass off the floor and pop the weight up. The other way is to use momentum and roll the bar over the face and plant the elbows in the ground. It pops up but I took the skin off my elbows too many times to go this route.

    One of the competitions requires floor press with out the use of a rack or any aides.

    this sounds dangerous. not too sure if i understand what you're saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddurkee View Post
    why can't you setup the j-hooks on the outside of the rack and do your presses there? check vdizenzo doing them like that in the '4/20 videos' thread.
    Like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIJrWunszps

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    this would be perfect, if the power rack at my gym had slots for the j-hooks on the outside. i work out in a globo gym type place, im serious, straight out of dodgeball, and they aren't too great in catering to my powerlifting needs. granted they do have bands, a pool, basketball court, a load of other cool stuff that i dont use, AND are open 24 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleepy Guy View Post
    There is a way we do them with out a rack but it is kind of hard to explain how to lift the weight. Roll it over your toes up onto the stomach then arch your back like a really bad bench press with the ass off the floor and pop the weight up. The other way is to use momentum and roll the bar over the face and plant the elbows in the ground. It pops up but I took the skin off my elbows too many times to go this route.

    One of the competitions requires floor press with out the use of a rack or any aides.
    I'm sorry, but I have no clue what you mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyBoy View Post
    I'm sorry, but I have no clue what you mean.
    TommyBoy, yeah, but I got it after reading it a few times..

    Technique 1
    1. Weight at feet
    2. Point feet outward
    3. Roll bar to stomach
    4. Arch back so the bar rolls to chest
    5. Pop weight up

    Technique 2
    1. Weight above head
    2. Roll bar to chest
    3. Pop weight up

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestsideWarrior View Post
    TommyBoy, yeah, but I got it after reading it a few times..

    Technique 1
    1. Weight at feet
    2. Point feet outward
    3. Roll bar to stomach
    4. Arch back so the bar rolls to chest
    5. Pop weight up

    Technique 2
    1. Weight above head
    2. Roll bar to chest
    3. Pop weight up

    i dont know about "popping weight up" when im doing like 275?

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    Lones, thats what I was thinking, ask Sleepy Guy.

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    two more options, sans j-hooks:
    1) have someone dl the bar as a handoff
    2) 'rack' the bar on a flat bench

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestsideWarrior View Post
    3. Roll bar to stomach
    2. Roll bar to chest
    Um....I have a thing called a stomach, which will not allow me to pop the bar up.
    Quote Originally Posted by lonesXedge View Post
    i dont know about "popping weight up" when im doing like 275?
    No kidding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyBoy View Post
    Um....I have a thing called a stomach, which will not allow me to pop the bar up.
    you and me both, haha. i've seen videos of guys doing what you guys are saying about "popping it up" but its way too hard/dangerous when you start getting heavy.

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    TB - Yeah, lol That technique dont seem very safe, it's pretty obvious to use a rack.

    lones - It does seem dangerous "popping" the weight up, then it comes back down, crushing your throat.

    To you Sleepy Guy, use a rack.

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    When I had no other choice, I did the ghetto setup by using boards/mats to rest the weight on and doing them off of that. Of course, I had a handoff guy.


    My question is, how narrow is this rack? I have kind of long arms for my height. I grip the bar with a pinky on rings grip for floor press(narrower than my normal bench grip). I tuck my elbows on the way down. Maybe you are going elbows way out? It just seems like you would need to be like 7 foot 6 or something to have arms that long or your rack is tiny.
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    Chris, we're not all midgets like you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyBoy View Post
    Chris, we're not all midgets like you.

    **** off!!

    Some of us actually have our elbows touch the ground on those as they were intended. We don't have bellies that resemble the final stages of pregnancy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    **** off!!

    Some of us actually have our elbows touch the ground on those as they were intended. We don't have bellies that resemble the final stages of pregnancy.


    hahaha i'm pretty sure its a regular power cage. i just have abnormally long arms, using a pretty close grip i am good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    **** off!!

    Some of us actually have our elbows touch the ground on those as they were intended. We don't have bellies that resemble the final stages of pregnancy.


    That's just plain mean Chris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Rodgers View Post
    **** off!!

    Some of us actually have our elbows touch the ground on those as they were intended. We don't have bellies that resemble the final stages of pregnancy.


    Hey, my elbows don't touch! I am actually going to use a cambered bar next time. I'm curious how that will work out.

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