So I've been working with just the shoulders back and down but could never get the hang of getting my legs into the lift. Recently I've had the pleasure to get some tips from a living legend at my gym who used to almost bench 3x his bodyweight and he's been helping alot with form and I can get some nice leg drive but obviously my arch is much more pronounced that before and I can feel the tension on my back/lower back during the lift and then after and sometimes if its a heavy session the day after. My question is am I damaging my back at all I mean I know nothing is completely 100% safe but am I gonna be messed up later in life because of it. I don't really know how to put it in words but I'm willing to make the sacrifice if its just gonna be uncomfortable and not do any real damage but if I'm gonna really **** something up I probably will change it. Any and all advice on this topic is welcome. Thank you and God Bless.
I have never heard of anyone damaging their back and I have trained with 3 800 benchers. Not saying it cannot happen though. My back was definitely sore when I started arching. Now I am benching raw I don't arch as much and keep my feet flat on the floor.
op, its your breathing messing up your form. when you unrack the weight, you need to hold your breath the entire time and imagine pushing your belly out your penis. it sounds stupid, but it tightens your lumbar so you dont balance the bar on it.
next tme you bring the weight down, push your belly out as far as you can. itll be uncomfortable as hell, but itll save your lower back
this is also the reason you wont be able to go for reps with the powerlifting form. it gets pretty tiring after 3-5 lol
I'm still tryin to get over the fact that Onion said penis
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with the benchpress, all youre doing is tightening your core to brace your lumbar. theres no actual lower body movement aside from the small leg drive. your diaphragm doesnt move, so it wont push anything anywhere
if youve had a hernia already, then you might wanna be careful
I had a rt side inguinal mesh repair 12 years ago.
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If you constantly push the limits of course you'll cause some damage here and there. Almost all professional athletes have some sort of an injury.