So what does "pull the bar apart" mean?

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    So what does "pull the bar apart" mean?


    I keep reading this in articles trying to help your bench, and I have 0 idea what it means. I even heard this mentioned in the "So you think ... bench" series, but I still don't get it. I've literally tried to move my hands sideways while gripping the bar, kind of like I was doing a reverse fly for the rear delts, but I lose ALL my pressing power when I try to do this (it's like it makes my chest numb). Maybe I'm not doing this right, or I'm just not accustomed to this?

    I don't know if this is the thing people tell you to do to get your lats involved, but that's another problem for me - I can't seem to get my lats involved in my bench press (or maybe they're doing their job and I'm just not noticing).

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    Uh, anabolic minds forum clearly had a brain fart. I posted this in the Exercise Science and it randomly moved to this section? lol
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    you dont push your pressure to the side real hard, but yes you do slightly try and "spread the bar" with your hands in place. Helps minimally
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoorsLight126 View Post
    you dont push your pressure to the side real hard, but yes you do slightly try and "spread the bar" with your hands in place. Helps minimally
    It helps immensely when you do it right. Most people do not let the bar settle and put it on the lats and lose a tremendous amount of power off of their chest. Gripping the bar properly is not just about squeezing it and keeping your wrists aligned with your elbows. It really means to envision yourself trying to split the bar apart as you arch your back, keep your traps tight, and bend/drift on the descent.
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    Scroll down to pull the bar to the chest. It's the best way of explaining it I've read. It takes some practice, but you definitely feel more stable and able to put up bigger poundages.

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