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    Default My 225x5 Bench Press

    Here is a video of my bench press 225x5 from this morning's training session. Any advice or thoughts on it? I am increasing the weight so it seems to be working and can't say I will change much but curious to know what some people might think?

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    I guess it depends on your goals. If you're looking to keep moving heavier weight, your set up could use some work as well as maybe using a wider grip and getting the elbows in
    Nothing wrong with what you're doing tho

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    Nice work bdub!

    I don't see anything dangerous, but what dday has hit on may slow progress to some degree...let me elaborate.

    The set up is for you to position your body like it is a solid block on the bench...back dug in, on heels more for stability (unless you are powerlifting), core tight. Then when you lift the bar off the rack - you set again to lower teh weight...body should be balanced, bar grip is nice and tight and elbows are postioned in more than out.

    Your elbows seem to be in a good place at the bottom, but it looks like (in this video anyway) that you flare them out while on your way up. If this truly is happening, not only does it slow progress, but it will open up the possiblity of a shoulder injury or problem as you go heavier with the weight.
    In your mind, picture squeezing a grapefruit in to your armpit with your elbows down while you lift and see if you can hold that postion all the way through the motion.

    Still a nice lift - way to go on the big wheels, 225 is a great milestone - not everyone gets there.
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    ^^^ What they said is what I have been doing because of the leverage on my shoulder causing pain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdub View Post
    Here is a video of my bench press 225x5 from this morning's training session. Any advice or thoughts on it? I am increasing the weight so it seems to be working and can't say I will change much but curious to know what some people might think?

    Maybe you should add a bit of pause reps & close grip in your routine .If you looking to get stronger.
    Last edited by DBionic13; 09-17-2013 at 02:49 PM.
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