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    Elbows in or out for bench press


    Are your elbows suppose to be tight and close to your body or wide and out

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    Depends on what your goals are.
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    Yes, that was a good question. I need the answer to this as well. My goals are getting a big chest. I need more inner and central bulk. Also, my left pec was slightly torn years ago and healed that way. Now I have a little vally in my left pec. My right pec is also alot stronger than my left. Any comments/suggestions?
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    If your goal is to build chest then you should flare your elbows out to about 45 degrees
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsnake21
    If your goal is to build chest then you should flare your elbows out to about 45 degrees
    This, also bring the bar to your collarbone.
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    To build your chest symmetrically, use dumbbells instead of a barbell.
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    I currently have a weird style keeping my elbows out with a narrower grip because of injury. I am doing fine with it and the weight is going back up. In powerlifting I used the tuck style to use my triceps more and protect my shoulders. I have watched others flare out the elbows and crush weights.
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    flare your elbows out as far as you can without having shoulder pain. 45 degrees is good. If you really want to build your chest try this next time you bench. I recomend you only use a moderate weight.

    Use a tempo of 4(negative) 0 1(positive) 0 and do 8 reps. The tempo and reps are very important.

    Now on the negative contraction squeeze your hands together as hard as you can (without actually moving your hands).
    You will be amazed at how much your chest contracts. Do the same on the way up if you can. (if it hurts to much just do it on the negative)
    With the tempo above the set will last about 40 seconds. Do 4 sets of this with strict 40 second breaks andyour chest will be on fire!
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    Quote Originally Posted by toddgranit View Post
    This, also bring the bar to your collarbone.
    This is a horrible idea. That would not only make it more of a triceps lift, but it can lead to major AC impingement.

    The tuck between a raw PL'er and BB'er isn't that much different, but the flare after the eccentric is what is highly different. BB'ers tend to flare much earlier than a PL'er and it can push more of the emphasis on the chest, but it can also put more stress on the shoulder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja

    This is a horrible idea. That would not only make it more of a triceps lift, but it can lead to major AC impingement.

    The tuck between a raw PL'er and BB'er isn't that much different, but the flare after the eccentric is what is highly different. BB'ers tend to flare much earlier than a PL'er and it can push more of the emphasis on the chest, but it can also put more stress on the shoulder.
    He was asking what works for size, I was specifically addressing what works for size, I am not suggesting you use heavy weights with flared elbows to your neck.
    What I am suggesting is that a wide grip with flared elbows to the collarbone, with moderate weight very slow and controlled emphasizes the chest, at least it has for me.
    However for chest size their are much better options than bench, dumbbells for one, and ring push ups, as well as dips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Docmattic View Post
    flare your elbows out as far as you can without having shoulder pain. 45 degrees is good. If you really want to build your chest try this next time you bench. I recomend you only use a moderate weight.

    Use a tempo of 4(negative) 0 1(positive) 0 and do 8 reps. The tempo and reps are very important.

    Now on the negative contraction squeeze your hands together as hard as you can (without actually moving your hands).
    You will be amazed at how much your chest contracts. Do the same on the way up if you can.
    (if it hurts to much just do it on the negative)
    With the tempo above the set will last about 40 seconds. Do 4 sets of this with strict 40 second breaks andyour chest will be on fire!
    This is a decent idea. You get more lateral forces (i.e.: triceps) on a barbell bench press compared to a dumbbell flat press. Placing some medial tension might balance that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsnake21 View Post
    If your goal is to build chest then you should flare your elbows out to about 45 degrees
    Remove the word flare. And yes, a 45 degree angle between the upper arm and torso is ideal for pec recruitment and shoulder safety.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddgranit View Post
    He was asking what works for size, I was specifically addressing what works for size, I am not suggesting you use heavy weights with flared elbows to your neck.
    What I am suggesting is that a wide grip with flared elbows to the collarbone, with moderate weight very slow and controlled emphasizes the chest, at least it has for me.
    However for chest size their are much better options than bench, dumbbells for one, and ring push ups, as well as dips.
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    I'm not going to argue with what you feel personally.

    But, the research (and my personal experience and that working with dozens of clients) does not support this logic. The ideal grip for maximum pec recruitment during the bench press is approximately 1.5X that of the acromial span (about 1.5 times shoulder width. Anything wider and the emphasis shifts to the anterior delts, closer and you get more triceps.

    Keeping the elbows flared out to 90 degrees is problematic for two reasons. First, and of importance to the orriginal question, it places the emphasis on the front deltoids and off the pecs. Second, and of importance to health, it decreases the space between the acromium and head of the humerus, resulting in supraspinatus (and possibly biceps tendon) impingement and leading to tendonitis. In simple terms, it causes the tendon of the rotator cuff to get grinded between head of the upper arm bone and that bones process you feel at the top outside of your shoulder. Over time that grinding inflames and damages the tendon, and can lead to a host of shoulder issues.

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    For those interested, I have a good article discussing everything I described above in more detail. PM me your email and I can send it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    This is a horrible idea. That would not only make it more of a triceps lift, but it can lead to major AC impingement.

    The tuck between a raw PL'er and BB'er isn't that much different, but the flare after the eccentric is what is highly different. BB'ers tend to flare much earlier than a PL'er and it can push more of the emphasis on the chest, but it can also put more stress on the shoulder.
    A tuck is a tuck. If the arms flare its because of the tuck style weakness in the triceps and maintaining form. I know of no one that would deliberately tuck and flare out of the bottom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    A tuck is a tuck. If the arms flare its because of the tuck style weakness in the triceps and maintaining form. I know of no one that would deliberately tuck and flare out of the bottom.
    I didn't say anything about flaring at the bottom. Flaring, in this scenario, happens in the concentric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeovanniG View Post
    To build your chest symmetrically, use dumbbells instead of a barbell.
    ^^agreed, Dumbbells for chest development, barbell for strength
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeBrooklyn View Post
    My goals are getting a big chest. I need more inner and central bulk.
    everything else sounds good, I just wanted to add that it is essentially impossible to target inner vs outer pec. Upper vs lower sure, but not inner vs outer from any research i've seen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I didn't say anything about flaring at the bottom. Flaring, in this scenario, happens in the concentric.
    At the bottom is the start of the concentric movement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    At the bottom is the start of the concentric movement.
    At the bottom is a pause point. Just above the bottom going into horizontal flexion is the start of the concentric point.
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    Oh stop dork. You know what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Oh stop dork. You know what I mean.

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    Small adjustments can make big differences. A flare should happen, but only during the concentric and, ideally, after the first 2-4".
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    What do you base the "should" on? And no I am not being argumentative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    What do you base the "should" on? And no I am not being argumentative.

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    I base it off of every PL'er I've talked to about the bench press. The elbows should "pop" out near the lockout and move the bar towards the head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I base it off of every PL'er I've talked to about the bench press. The elbows should "pop" out near the lockout and move the bar towards the head.
    Never heard that and I compete at the world level. Is this a shirted press?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Never heard that and I compete at the world level. Is this a shirted press?
    Moreso for the shirted press, but the same principle applies to a raw press.
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    Actually raw and shirted are very different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Actually raw and shirted are very different.

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    I didn't imply that they're the same.
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    Well the same principle you are saying are applies is not true because they are totally different lifts.

    I compete. We dont teach what you are saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Well the same principle you are saying are applies is not true because they are totally different lifts.

    I compete. We dont teach what you are saying.

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    Flat bench is mainly for a c*ck measuring contest. If you want some quality shape to your chest, especially when you are trying to isolate specific areas then drop the flat bench. Start using DB, flies, and cables. Also, don't emphasize flat movements, I start off with incline DB for example. I probably do one exercise of flat, being flies, or DB press, etc...I know its hard to drop flat bench because every idiot seems to gauge how strong you are off of it. You want to measure strength ask me my dead lift lol.
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    Well I think the bases have been covered.

    For me , incline BB with elbows at 45 degrees with moderate reps as heavy as possible as stirred positive development for me. Control is key, slower negatives, explosive positives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lonewolf0420
    Well I think the bases have been covered.

    For me , incline BB with elbows at 45 degrees with moderate reps as heavy as possible as stirred positive development for me. Control is key, slower negatives, explosive positives.
    ^^^ this. I love me some incline press. I've been working hard on my upper chest and pairing BB incline with some cables is really starting to barrell out my chest.
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    Please provide credible references.

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    Bc your technique is the only one that is valid.
    Well I am not all alone in my technique.

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    That's a joke, right? Tate teaches to flare.



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    He says flare back not out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    He says flare back not out.

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    How exactly do you flare back, but not out?
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    i actually dont bench with my elbows, i just take them off than bench....jk
    i believe that everyones form is a little different and that there are alot of people saying alot of differwnt things so research, practice and luck allows you to know exactly where your elbows belong
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    How exactly do you flare back, but not out?
    Its his video that you posted. I think based on the video you posted he is arcing backward. That is just my guess.

    And no hard feelings debating. Nice to share some interesting dialogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Future View Post
    Its his video that you posted. I think based on the video you posted he is arcing backward. That is just my guess.

    And no hard feelings debating. Nice to share some interesting dialogue.

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    How Tate teaches is to keep the elbows tucked until near lockout 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.
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