T-nation Article advises against Arching during Bench

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    T-nation Article advises against Arching during Bench


    Just read this article and wanted to know your guy's opinions on the points he raises.


    Since you guys are the only one's whose opinion I care about.

    Click Here:T NATION | Fake Strength: Stop Arching the Bench Press

    He's not anti arch 100%, but anti what he consider's excessive.

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    While he does mention a sentence on it, I think in his preachiness he does a poor job of clarifying that he's arguing against excessive arch and specifically excessively arching your lower back. His point is that its bad for your lower back from a longevity standpoint and because of the restricted ROM it can interfere with progress just as much as benching off of a 3 board all the time would hamper your gains.

    Many of the ways he reasons arching your lower back is bad are actually highly flawed, however. Saying that because it hurts to do that if you have a herniated disc means that arching your back is bad is violating an alphabetical assortment of fallacies. I think the fact that your spine deviates from its neutral position is the more highly effective argument, which I think he mentions briefly when saying how you wont be tackling a player with an arched back like that (or you damn well shouldn't!).

    I think the points about building a bench with conservative technique are on point, though. Bear in mind the article was probably written for your average/above average gym rats, not necessarily for coaches or elite athletes, who find this information redundant and should already know it. But one thing I might disagree with is that for the powerlifter, your main movement should mimick what you do exactly in competition; just as football players don't practice playing football with a blindfold, powerlifters shouldn't only practice a close grip bench as a main movement - they need to practice and hone in their regular bench groove. For accessory work, yeah, that's when you can throw in other movements with increased ROM to help build the bench.

    This is a decent piece that's helpful in keeping lifters honest about what they're doing in the gym. Without these perspectives, a person could be cheating themselves out of good gains.
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    The last 2 sentences are the ones I would pay most attention to:

    "Use good form on the bench press with a solid setup but don't attempt to get your upper back close to your butt. Train with normal form for the vast majority of your sets and save the big arch for truly maximum attempts."
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    I have less experience then most of the guys here but I have to agree. That good form is the most important thing and a slight arch in your back to allow for leg drive isn't a bad thing imo. I am saying if your back looks the same for your squat as your bench or close your fine. This of course for max power effort only if your trying to focus on the pecks I feel it more of I stay flat and take my legs out of the whole thing completely just my take.
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    arching your back like they do is making the flat bench into a decline in a way allowing you to press more. im always flat never lifting my ass back flat. I also practice flat butt and back but putting my feet flat on the bench. you may need to do this with lighter weight, at first you may fall off the bench if you go to heavy and dont have proper balance.
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    Yeah because pushing heavy weights off your chest in a way overextended spinal position is always a good idea. -.-
  

  
 

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