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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    How Tate teaches is to keep the elbows tucked until near ******* and then to pop the elbows out and flare them, which moves the bar towards the head. If you didn't pop he elbows and flare, then it would essentially be a front raise the last few inches and that would significantly lower poundages.
    I believe metel militia teaches to flare back and westside teaches pressing in a straight line.

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    I have also struggled with elbow positioning, but I have tried to keep them in as many have instructed me as this being the proper technique. I can however bust many more reps out if my elbows aren't tucked in. I guess its about what your goal is. I have always been preached to about proper form, so I typically like to stick to that. I'd love to shove out those extra reps, but sometimes I have a mental set where I think I am cheating. Nice to see all the opinions and comments here though.
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    Well Ied like to jump on this lol the only thing I feel like I'm lacking in is chest what would be the best ways to hit every part
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    Quote Originally Posted by SweetLou321 View Post
    I believe metel militia teaches to flare back and westside teaches pressing in a straight line.
    That is correct. Current westside lifters will promote pressing in a straight line as opposed to the J or C pressing that flaring the elbows creates. One thing I like about their thought process is that for me it really does help to think of the bar as unmovable and you're just pushing your body through the bench by leveraging yourself against the bar. But I of course learned first to flare at the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torobestia View Post
    That is correct. Current westside lifters will promote pressing in a straight line as opposed to the J or C pressing that flaring the elbows creates. One thing I like about their thought process is that for me it really does help to think of the bar as unmovable and you're just pushing your body through the bench by leveraging yourself against the bar. But I of course learned first to flare at the top.
    I flare slightly and and always try to press in a straightish line. By that I dont try to flare back towards the rack when I do flare.
  

  
 

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