i read conflicting views on this....what are your takes on it?
I always go just above. All about form to me. What's the point if you are bouncing it?
i got into a discussion about this the other day at the gym actually. i agree you shouldnt bounce but i go all the way down, when i do bench, but i usually do dumbells though.
Go all the way down, pause, explode up. No need to bounce if you're controlling it right.
try a towel bench
a towel bench when u go go 3/4 or 1/2 way down
I bench to the neck, it keeps you from having sloppy form, and it gives me a great stretch.
I was always taught the 90 degree rule. When your arms are parallel to the ground and the bend of ur elbow and bicep makes a 90 degree angle. This can me at ur chest, just above, or high above depedning on how big you are. Ive just always though anything past 90 degrees and ur hyperextending and getting more shoulder into it than chest.
Ahhh benching to the neck, gotta love it. This is one of the better forms of bench press. I think the credit goes to Vince Gironda or something like that. I did it for a couple years right before I stopped benching, years of benching and push presses took their toll.
all the way down to your chest..control it and dont bounce it....if it dont touch your chest it dont count!
i say you start a poll so it's not so hard to count the number of votes for each, first of all second, i vote for a few inches above the chest. this provides constant tension as opposed to setting the bar on your chest for a second. also(for me at least) if i go all the way to my chest, my arms are bent way too far down and that puts even more emphasis on my delts. IMHO BB bench is just an ego lift anyway. there are way better exercises for pecs. try switching it up to DB bench, i bet you'll like it
Why would anyone bench higher than the chest? I have seen peopel do this and as the weight gets hard the reps get shorter. If you want more chest recruitment do paused reps.
look when you touch you ur chest muscles stop contracting, do the bench 1-3 inches from your chest.
All the way to the chest! Why don't people train with a full range of motion anymore?
i touch my chest but never bounce, only explode
I agree totally. When you put the range of motion equation into it, you will be surprised how much more work you are doing. For instance, your range of motion is 20 inches from start to finish. You subtract 2 inches off so now you are only doing 90% of what you could be. I say all the way down to a touch, pause and then explode up.