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    Feet on the bench?

    I've seen this a lot. People putting their feet on the bench when benching. And it's not just n00bs. I've seen people benching upwards of 225 doing that.

    That goes against everything I've learned about proper benching form. It just seems to be very bad for the shoulders. So, is this a real training method or is it just crap?
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    I always thought it was stupid. I would imagine it makes it much harder to keep your back neutral if you have your feet up on the bench like that.
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    I imagine it's used to take you legs out of the lift. I assume they believe it isolates the chest better or that using your legs is cheating. I wouldn't do it because it would make the lift less stable and I seriously doubt that it would lead to any additional upper body gains compared to benching normal. So there's no point, besides being a douche and thinking you're cool.

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    I would laugh when they fall over. Why would you take your ability to stabilize the weight out of the lift? Or even better, why not just not use your legs to cheat.
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    Yep. These people think it puts more stress on the chest and takes the legs out of the equation. I wan't to go up to each of these folks and give them a quick lesson on basic anatomy/physiology.
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    My understanding is that, by not including the legs, benching puts an inordinate amount of stress on the shoulders, which leads to injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkaba View Post
    Yep. These people think it puts more stress on the chest and takes the legs out of the equation. I wan't to go up to each of these folks and give them a quick lesson on basic anatomy/physiology.
    Yep but you understand A&P It would be like giving math lessons to penguins.I too have seen theese people they're morons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    My understanding is that, by not including the legs, benching puts an inordinate amount of stress on the shoulders, which leads to injury.
    I don't see how putting your feet on the bench places undue stress on the shoulders. The major difference in shoulder stress occurs through the bar groove. The closer to your head, the more stress. The closer to your feet, the less.

    I mean, I don't agree with putting feet on the bench. In fact, it makes no fucking sense to me at all!
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    It would be less stable, maybe bring more core strength into it . . but a stupid exercise for retarded notBigs


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    One thing Ive seen is people not just arching their lower back but their whole back with only their shoulders/butt touching the bench. Ive also seen people only go about half way up on bench press. Dont know what thats all about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC Lifter View Post
    One thing Ive seen is people not just arching their lower back but their whole back with only their shoulders/butt touching the bench. Ive also seen people only go about half way up on bench press. Dont know what thats all about.
    This is what power lifters do. Less ROM makes one rep still one rep, regardless that they traveled 12" less in total in each direction.
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    I believe that people put their feet on the bench so that they can have the small of their back flat against the bench so there is zero arch. This is just really fuckin stupid, has anyone seen anybody fall off a bench whilst mid-press?
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    It puts a lot more stress on your core as you hav to cocerntrate 2 stabalize yourself more without legs as balance, you cant use your legs in the lift so it does make u concerntrate more on using your chest only specialy if u hav your legs/ knees at a right angle/ u cant cheat n arch your bak like a mother fuka. You obviously cant lift as much which is probly why you showponys dont rate it

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