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    Bench press more difficult for long arms?

    So I'm a tall skinny guy and have always heard that long arms makes bench more difficult, certainly the longer your arms the farther you have to push the weight etc...

    My question is: has anyone done any sort of scientific or mathematical evaluation of this concept?

    For instance "we theorize based on our research that for every inch in arm length completing a bench press of x lbs is increased in difficulty by %Y."

    ...or maybe there's a rule of thumb that gym guys use like say "every 2 inches in arm length = minus 10 lbs on bench"

    It's probably the case that people are so different that the above wouldnt' be applicable, and I wonder if bench press would correlate more with body weight than length but if it were possible I would like to see some statistics on both.

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    Stop using fucking bro science.

    Just STOP.

    You bench what you bench. Stop trying to make excuses for it or come up with some formula to make yourself feel better...

    Well you see Sally, if I was 4" shorter with a barrel chest and stubby arms I should bench 405 according to my handy dandy formula.

    Just go lift.


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    haha not worried about how much I bench really, I'm one of those that measures success using the mirror as well. I was just doing some reading on the NFL combine and was hearing a lot of scouts give Jadaveon Clowney some cushion-room when talking about his low bench reps (21x225). They sighted his arm length as a disadvantage and I wondered if there was ANY science behind this?

    Maybe there's a meat head around that knows a little about engineering and leverage? or a physics guy haha IDK...it's beyond me so I thought I'd throw up a thread.

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    Of course there's science behind it.

    It's called the law of the lever and it was proven by Archimedes a long time ago.

    Do you even Greek history bro?


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    I'm 6'8" and bench around 450 with full range of motion. Our long range of motion equals more tut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadean View Post
    I'm 6'8" and bench around 450 with full range of motion. Our long range of motion equals more tut.
    So running that through the stubby arm/barrel chested conversion formula, your corrected bench is 765 raw.

    Way to go jadean!


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    6'2 and i rep 405. I used to think it was a disadvantage. But one day everything just kinda clicked. i think Its more about getting to 1000 (or whatever number of) reps.

    I think most lifts are like a golf swing and it takes a lot of strokes to get comfortable enough to even understand how to tweak it. Just forget about the weight and work on getting under the weight, coiling up on the way down and just exploding on the way up. One day it will come together and the weight increase



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    Quote Originally Posted by Warriorblaze View Post
    So running that through the stubby arm/barrel chested conversion formula, your corrected bench is 765 raw.

    Way to go jadean!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lil-bit-slim View Post
    haha not worried about how much I bench really, I'm one of those that measures success using the mirror as well. I was just doing some reading on the NFL combine and was hearing a lot of scouts give Jadaveon Clowney some cushion-room when talking about his low bench reps (21x225). They sighted his arm length as a disadvantage and I wondered if there was ANY science behind this?

    Maybe there's a meat head around that knows a little about engineering and leverage? or a physics guy haha IDK...it's beyond me so I thought I'd throw up a thread.


    It doesn't matter. Warrior is right. You bench what you bench. There is no wind shear factor for weight lifting. You lift what you lift. Physics and anatomy is extremely useful for helping to increase performance and gains, but useless when used to explain why a person isn't lifting what they think they should. That just seems to me like fancy excuse making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theCaptn' View Post
    6'2 and I bench 220lb
    Last time I flat benched it was only 135 lol oh and I'm 6' tall.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Warriorblaze View Post
    Last time I flat benched it was only 135 lol oh and I'm 6' tall.


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    Fuck yeah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dieseljimmy View Post
    6'2 and i rep 405. I used to think it was a disadvantage. But one day everything just kinda clicked. i think Its more about getting to 1000 (or whatever number of) reps.

    I think most lifts are like a golf swing and it takes a lot of strokes to get comfortable enough to even understand how to tweak it. Just forget about the weight and work on getting under the weight, coiling up on the way down and just exploding on the way up. One day it will come together and the weight increase
    I remember reading a science article about neural adaptation and motor function control that seemed to show that weight lifters continuously develop and strengthen the neural circuitry involved in specific lifts. That means you can actually lift more weight, become stronger, without even adding muscle mass.

    Naturally, you want to do both: add mass and develop motor control, but most people never think of the importance of profecting their form to increase performance. I see some of the worst form in the gym, quarter rom squats seem to be the latest bullshit that everybody is doing.
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