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Old 02-14-2013, 10:39 AM #1639
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:23 PM #1640
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I thought having the bar touch your chest was the only way to bench?
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:27 PM #1641
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does everyone really touch the bar to their chest when you bench? looking for more opinions. majority of the time I see people doing that, they bounce it and **** looks cheap/sloppy.

I always thought bringing it within like 1-1.5" was the standard, but i've been wrong before
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:57 PM #1642
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does everyone really touch the bar to their chest when you bench? looking for more opinions. majority of the time I see people doing that, they bounce it and **** looks cheap/sloppy.

I always thought bringing it within like 1-1.5" was the standard, but i've been wrong before
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:21 PM #1643
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does everyone really touch the bar to their chest when you bench? looking for more opinions. majority of the time I see people doing that, they bounce it and **** looks cheap/sloppy.

I always thought bringing it within like 1-1.5" was the standard, but i've been wrong before
It comes down to personal preference.

When I'm doing incline, I stop an just above the chest to keep tension on the chest, for flat and decline I usually touch the chest though.

3in does sound high however, that's turning more into a lockout movement.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:45 PM #1644
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does everyone really touch the bar to their chest when you bench? looking for more opinions. majority of the time I see people doing that, they bounce it and **** looks cheap/sloppy.

I always thought bringing it within like 1-1.5" was the standard, but i've been wrong before
"standard" form is to touch the chest and then go back up.

touch, not bounce off it.

in powerlifting competitions, you have to hold the bar at your chest(the "pause") and stop it's motion completely before pressing back up. Most people in the gym don't do this.

when it comes down to it, if you are in the gym for aesthetics, you do it with whatever form achieves your goals. However, the chest is instrumental in getting the bar..well off your chest, with the triceps taking over more the higher up the bar is. So for chest development, lowering the bar to your chest would be best. But maybe there are better movements for solely chest development.

The problem with not touching the chest in my experience, is there is no way to judge the lift accurately. Did you move the bar the same distance with 225 that you did last week with 220? This is the same reason "assisted reps" can be problematic. How much help did you get this week?

No matter what the purpose of the lift for you, 3" away is way too much to call it a "bench press".
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:50 PM #1645
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I definitely agree I wasn't achieving proper depth, which is why I caught myself and asked the question. I'll definitely be dropping the weight next week and give touching my chest every rep a try. Curious to see how much weaker I will be with the improved form, but my mistake in the first place. And again, strength is only a secondary concern of mine (although it is nice of course.)

Appreciate the input, will report back next chest day with my results.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:24 PM #1646
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Please do. Im curious on how much of a difference 3inches would really make.

I've personally always had a controlled and slow negative with my bench, always gently touching the chest, with limited back arch. I just figured anything else wasnt full rom.
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Well, my first set (after warmup) which was where I was around 2.5-3" was 240x6, and then again for 240x4. After hearing I was a bit too high I dropped the weight and my final set which was closer to probably 1-1.5" off my chest was 220x6 (after 4 previous sets of intense bench however)

So i think next week I'll start with 225 touching my chest and see if I can't get 6 perfect reps. Will adjust from there depending

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Old 02-14-2013, 06:43 PM #1650
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I was always told that you touch the bar to your shirt, not your chest. Makes me not bounce the bar.
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I was always told that you touch the bar to your shirt, not your chest. Makes me not bounce the bar.
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If you are controlling the weight on the way down Idk how bouncing would occur unless you have rubber tits.
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A few days ago I saw an older guy walking into the gym, go straight to a bench, load up 225 a do 4 horrible reps, boucing the bar up and pushing the bar up crooked every rep so one arm locks out at a time. Basically doing his 3rmworkouts with no warmup.

Wonder how long before he becomes another shoulder victim...
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Started reducing the rest time between sets, and added 2 miles of speed intervals.

Wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Maybe I'm not half bad at this running thing.
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