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  1. bench: feet up


    I've seen a couple people do it now. While benching they'll put there feet up at the end of the bench. Whats the point in this? Does it make it harder as you have to balance more or something? ta
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  2. I usually see older guys doing it, 35-40+. Maybe its something that used to be popular. Kinda like:
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  3. lol!
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit.”

  4. I always cringe a bit when I see people using this technique.

  5. Not for me
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  6. It's not very safe as you do not have a stable base. No difference in muscle activation though.

  7. I try to keep my feet off the furniture.

  8. the reason you keep your feet on the ground is so the pressure from the weight distributes evenly from your hands all the way down to your feet. by keeping your feet up, that pressure will distribute but stop at your lower back/spine. not the best place for pressure.

    i made this argument with my old kinesiology professor and he explained it to me. made sense. plus his entire thesis for his masters was based on how pressure distributes throughout the body.so i couldn't argue back =P

  9. I've always thought/been taught to push through your feet
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  10. Generally only used if person has injured back. Not a good practice on heavy lifts as stability is compromised.

  11. I do it for warm ups sometime or when i'm using a light weight. It's too easy to lose balance with the feet up, so any heavy lifts would be dangerous.

  12. they might have a bad back and just want to keep it strait, when i had back pain i felt better if i raised my legs, but then its hard to keep balance at times

  13. Kids on my power lifting team put there feet up on bench during power chest workouts, they say it keeps their hips planted on the bench and not in the sky. keeps there ass down, and helps stay strict. I don't know seems stupid and dangerous to me.

  14. I am surprised your PL'ing team would make that claim. It completely alters your center of gravity, and negates the ability to drive through the feet on a heavy bench.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier View Post
    I am surprised your PL'ing team would make that claim. It completely alters your center of gravity, and negates the ability to drive through the feet on a heavy bench.
    they do it during certain training days, not all the time or during meets.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by james1 View Post
    they do it during certain training days, not all the time or during meets.
    I would do it for a warm-up, or in order to focus on balance, but it is completely useless if your goal is to increase strength!

  17. Quote Originally Posted by Mulletsoldier View Post
    I would do it for a warm-up, or in order to focus on balance, but it is completely useless if your goal is to increase strength!
    I completely agree with you man, seems stupid too me. I was just passing some word of mouth info on.
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    reminds me of thumbless grip benching popularized in my high school by the meathead jocks (the majority were meatheads). one time, the bar slipped out of one of the kid's hands while he was benching 245. lol not a good day for him

    i've always been advised to use a wide foot stance to help increase stability. putting the weight on your heels and feet flat helps immensely as well.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by purebred View Post
    reminds me of thumbless grip benching popularized in my high school by the meathead jocks (the majority were meatheads). one time, the bar slipped out of one of the kid's hands while he was benching 245. lol not a good day for him

    i've always been advised to use a wide foot stance to help increase stability. putting the weight on your heels and feet flat helps immensely as well.
    Oh, I just saw a video of some guy trying to put up some serious weight with a grip like that. The bar freakin crushed him. Wish I knew were the link was.
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  20. Here it is. Guess it wasn't serious serious weight, but still enough to fuk a person up.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSJCDcAKShA"]YouTube - Bench Press accident[/ame]
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  21. Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    Here it is. Guess it wasn't serious serious weight, but still enough to fuk a person up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSJCDcAKShA

    Makes me cringe everytime I see that video... Is that 2 45's and a 35 on each side?

  22. that had to hurt.

    did the lifter get f-d up?

    is he okay?

  23. It looks like 2 plates and a 35.

    I dunno how fuk'd up he got, but I'm sure he did none the less.
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  24. that hurts just watching.... he must have gotten pretty fuk'd up, that bar went down hard and low on his chest... ouch... ouch

  25. i dunno. he looks big enough to just hold the weight. its not hard to hold the weight there... unless something just gave out?
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