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    I recently switched grips on the bench from ring finger on the ring to middle finger on the ring. I'm 6'1" with long arms and a wider grip feels a lot better, not to mention I can put up more weight like this.

    Has my grip been too narrow this whole time? I feel like I'm taking triceps out a little by going wider, but I don't care as long as I can improve my bench.

    What are your opinions on good grips for the bench?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonnyG View Post
    I recently switched grips on the bench from ring finger on the ring to middle finger on the ring. I'm 6'1" with long arms and a wider grip feels a lot better, not to mention I can put up more weight like this.

    Has my grip been too narrow this whole time? I feel like I'm taking triceps out a little by going wider, but I don't care as long as I can improve my bench.

    What are your opinions on good grips for the bench?

    Donny
    yah i am 6'6 and had my middle on the ring for 6 years until last week. moved to pointer just outside ring... felt pretty good. Actually felt better on the shoulders and a lot more anatomical
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    just both grips in your training. i have been training for powerlifting and for training i usually go narrow. once a month for max effort i will do 1 narrow attempt, one wider, and one as wide as i can go in a meet.
    you can call me "ozzie" for short.
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    haha! Im 6' and just recently (well like 6 weeks ago) did the same EXACT thing. from ring on the ring to middle on the ring and i feel 10x better doing it. I USED to go whole grip outside the ring a long time ago but I think that was too wide.
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    I'm 5"10 so unfortunately I don't share the pain.

    ps. I hate all of you who are 6'+ lol

    But seriously, I feel like the closer your grip is(To an extent), the less likely you are to injure something while benching. Shoulder damage, tendonitis and pec tears are becoming more common and a narrower grip normally relieves some of the stress from those areas.
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    I have my ring finger also on the outer ring. I'm 5'10" with a 6'3" reach so finding a groove has been a pain, literally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I have my ring finger also on the outer ring. I'm 5'10" with a 6'3" reach so finding a groove has been a pain, literally.
    do you have arms or wings? DAAAAYUUUMMMM!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StangBanger View Post
    do you have arms or wings? DAAAAYUUUMMMM!!!!
    It was a blessing while I was fighting, but it blows for pressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    I have my ring finger also on the outer ring. I'm 5'10" with a 6'3" reach so finding a groove has been a pain, literally.
    Same height but you have 6 inches on my reach. lol


    Edit: Apparently I suck at subtracting and have to double check myself.
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    if your arms are that long you should end up at pointer finger on the ring, which is max grip in powerlifting- each time you bring your hands out you shorten your bench stroke
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