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Danger Zone & Amount of Weight.

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2003/12/19 17:23:53 (permalink)

Danger Zone & Amount of Weight.

Do any of you guys know what amount of weight the "general" danger zone starts for most weight lifters when it comes to bench pressing?

heheh, I'm not talking about dropping a bar across the neck or anything stupid like that, since I know you can screw yourself up with "any" amount of weight. I'm referring to the amount of weight when your bench form needs to be "dead on" accurate.

Just today I benched 180 pounds 1 time unassisted. Woohoo! A new 1-rep max record for me! =) So I'm getting closer to the 200 lbs. range, which is what I've heard to be the time when one should start focusing more closely on form. Anyone have any thoughts on this, and also, would switching over to lighter dumbell presses help out with practicing proper form?
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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/19 17:36:51 (permalink)
    You should never not focus on using correct form IMHO!

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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/19 18:10:38 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by dirtyvest

    You should never not focus on using correct form IMHO!

    Dirty



    or.... you should always focus on using correct form

    In all seriousness though DV is right. You must work at a weight that you can keep strict form in otherwise there is little benefit to the exercise regardless of the weight you are lifting. Take arm curling as an example. The barbell curl is a classic example that most people can easily lift double what they would with perfect form, if they lifted with crappy form (swinging arms, back and shoulders to get the heavier weight up). Barbell curling heavier weight with naff form will not make your biceps bigger or stronger.
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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/19 18:21:56 (permalink)
    I was given a tip by a guy at our local gym, he suggested using a swiss ball to do some dumbbell presses, lighter weighted than you would on a bench of course and making sure form is good to build up the core stability. Apparently you have to bring in some other bits for balance etc ...

    Have not been trying it long enough to comment on the effectiveness but maybe worth a thought ?

    Any thoughts on the Swiss ball in this context from anyone ?
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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/20 00:31:26 (permalink)
    Opinion on swiss balls? yes, they're crap. If you want to get better at bench presses do bench presses. Simple.

    Once you have more experience then maybe look at weaker body parts and bringing them up to assist your lift i.e. delts, tris and lats
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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/20 11:55:35 (permalink)
    Then again, at 180lbs, Snaeke has probably noticed that he's getting a bit of an arch in his back and is employing his lats in the lift already. Good work mate (I'm chasing a 200 goal meself).

    DB presses are a decent supplementary to bench, in that they work all the fiddly stabilisers and rotator cuff stuff more than the bar does - the bar's easier to control.
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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/20 14:43:30 (permalink)
    then if his routine is good he should be working his lats, shoulders and triceps along with all his other muscles equally well.

    Dumbbell bench press may help but why use a swiss ball?

    When i am pressing dumbbells/ barbells/whatever i am putting so much thought into lifting the weight that i do not want to worry about the oversized beach ball under me rolling away.

    They are a pretty pointless invention as far as weight training is concerned and only serve the purpose of giving gym instructors a novelty exercise to show to people who dont know better
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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/24 06:04:38 (permalink)
    Don't you have good form already? I suppose practice if it's not good yet.
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    RE: Danger Zone & Amount of Weight. 2003/12/24 08:20:40 (permalink)
    I find Swiss Balls are ok for ab work and balance work.

    Seriously, always use propper form...besides the fact that it is safer, you will be much stronger once used to it.
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