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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Flaring Elbows?

    G'day guys and gals,

    What exactly are "Flared Elbows" when bench pressing? I've read how they're bad and you can injure yourself with heavier weights and it's not the strongest way to lift but I honestly don't understand what they look like. Could someone perhaps show me a video of flared vs non-flared elbows? Or just two vids with a good and bad example?

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    I think you're supposed to "tuck" your elbows on the bottom half of the press, and then at a certain point you're supposed to flare them. I'm not sure though, and it might just apply to benching in a shirt. I can't show you anything either, sorry.

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    http://thefitshow.com/week3/milos_chest_large.htm

    i always post that video link to anyone regards benching bber style.
    i assume that flared elbows is the bb technique whereas tucked elbows is the PL technique. i assume your looking for the traditional style, i wouldnt worry about your elbows. bench whatever feels natural for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtteg_x View Post
    http://thefitshow.com/week3/milos_chest_large.htm

    i always post that video link to anyone regards benching bber style.
    i assume that flared elbows is the bb technique whereas tucked elbows is the PL technique. i assume your looking for the traditional style, i wouldnt worry about your elbows. bench whatever feels natural for you.
    I stopped watching that video when Mr. Universe told me how to work inner and lower chest
    I went to Rhodestown and all I got was this high cholesterol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bako Lifter View Post
    you're supposed to "tuck" your elbows on the bottom half of the press, and then at a certain point you're supposed to flare them.
    Yep, this is true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooter View Post
    I stopped watching that video when Mr. Universe told me how to work inner and lower chest
    yup, because he has no idea what he is talking about
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    I know exactly what it is. It's when you let your elbows stick like straight out. You need to tuck them in. Whether you're wearing a shirt or not. If you don't you can mess you shoulders up.
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