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    Where are your thumbs while flat benching?


    Where are your thumbs while flat benching? Do you put them up by your fingers or opposite your fingers (around the bar)?


    I have been getting some pain in my forearms lately and I was wondering if changing my grip might help. I have always put my thumbs next to my pointer finger.

    What do you do?

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    Heavier weight gets a full around grip. Lighter weight gets a false grip. Forearm pain usually comes from too strong a grip on the weights when lifting. Usual suspects are strong grips while curling.
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    my thumbs do not wrap around the bar, they never have. Just the way I learned i guess.
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    False grip is dangerous, don't get in that habit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beelzebub
    False grip is dangerous, don't get in that habit.
    Too late. I guess now I will have to get out of the habit. Way back in highschool my coaches told me to do it so that it did not put so much stress on my wrists.

    I always thought that he was an idiot, I guess this confirms it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk
    Heavier weight gets a full around grip. Lighter weight gets a false grip. Forearm pain usually comes from too strong a grip on the weights when lifting. Usual suspects are strong grips while curling.
    I wondered if that could be the problem, especially as I have been going heavy for about a month on everything. Heavier weight usually means that I grip it harder. I guess I'll have to focus on relaxing.
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    Full grip on heavy sets, open grip on lighter warm ups
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    False grip on everything except my heaviest set. But this is kinda dangerous
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    there was an article about 4 months ago in mens health and they say a true grip gets more chest activity. something about it forces you to line up better with your shoulders.
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    I've gotten used to using a false grip almost exclusively compliments of looking at pictures of Arnold mainly when I first started getting into bodybuilding.
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    You don't use false grips on DB presses, why would you on bench presses? Use full grip all the time. I assure you, the first time that barbell rolls off your hands and onto your chest, you will use full grip with a bare bar!
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    Here is a link to a video that shows what happens when you don't wrap your thumbs doing benchpress.

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEcv0Yn8z_c&mode=relat ed&search="]YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.[/nomedia]
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoMdHunter
    Here is a link to a video that shows what happens when you don't wrap your thumbs doing benchpress.

    YouTube - Guy Gets ****ed up Bench Pressing

    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO $H!T

    Thats why I always do the true grip so that doesn't happen. I had heard about this video.
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    great VID! lol

    anyone care for a false grip? hahah

    I use normal. I recently watche the Battle for the Olympia 2003 and if im not mistaken Ronnie uses false grip.
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    I wrap my thumbs around the bar so I can keep everything nice and tight.
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    After watching that i'm never going to use false grip again. Anyone know what happened to that guy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Australian made View Post
    After watching that i'm never going to use false grip again. Anyone know what happened to that guy?

    No idea, but i would assume cracked and/or fractured ribs. As long as a rib didn't puncture something he would probably be fine, just in a lot of pain.
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    what is false grip and true grip?

    From my understanding and watching the Video

    Flase grip- thumbs above bar

    true grip- thumaround bar like making a fist with the bar in between. Never really paid attention to this to know if I do the true grip. I think I do the true grip.

    here is a pic of Ronnie Incline pressing Dumbells. His grip is TRUE , correct? Fingers around bar AOL Image Search results for "pictures of bench pressing"
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    Yeah, a true grip is when you have your thumb wrapped around the bar, and a false grip is when you have your thumb on the same side of the bar as the rest of your fingers.
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    Another false grip mishap.
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    wow a picture is worth a thousand words
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    Quote Originally Posted by spatch View Post
    my thumbs do not wrap around the bar, they never have. Just the way I learned i guess.
    That is 100% correct. You should NEVER use a thumbless grip on any of the Bench Press exercises. This is a very good way to end not only your lifting. But also your life, if you do not use a safety rack.

    My younger Brother used to do the thumbless grip bench press, and he broke his arm when the bar slipped out of his grip, and he tried to use his forearm to protect his chest. (Maybe it did save him, I don't know. But I do know that 300+ lbs falls really fast.)
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