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2003/11/28 02:09:17 (permalink)

Floor presses...

Can someone please explain to me what floor presses are? Slowly - Assume I'm a complete retard.
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 02:51:57 (permalink)
    I'll do it as slow as I can mate :) It's the same as the bench press except that you do it lying flat on the floor.

    I hope i've got it right!
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 10:23:55 (permalink)
    I've always wondered, do you let the weight rest on your elbows at the bottom to release the muscles then explode up, or do you just skim your elbows against the floor then push back up?
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 14:00:30 (permalink)

    Let your elbows rest
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 14:15:19 (permalink)
    Right - This is what I thought they were. Now tell me - How is that different from a block press? I've seen people recommend block presses for the top portion of the bench and the floor press for the botttom portion, yet they seem to be identical exercises performed in different ways.
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 14:20:31 (permalink)
    When doing floor presses you have to have your legs flat out on the ground, out straight. This completely eliminates any potential for leg drive, and in this way it is different to any benching done on a bench.
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 15:04:52 (permalink)
    Aha... Then one more question on a slightly different topic - How do you do the leg drive. I dunno how to use my legs effectively in pushing the weight without taking my arse off the bench.
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 15:51:36 (permalink)
    What a question!! Its more of an art than a science as many would agree

    Heres a quick hoo haa:
    You want your toes pointed kinda forward
    soles of your feet flat on the ground
    arch your back and make sure you are tight
    keep them flat on the ground
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 16:19:46 (permalink)
    quote:
    Heres a quick hoo haa:
    You want your toes pointed kinda forward
    soles of your feet flat on the ground
    arch your back and make sure you are tight
    keep them flat on the ground

    You don't have to keep the whole of your foot on the ground when benching, only the toes. You know you're using leg drive when your hamstrings start cramping during a heavy lift [:p].

    Scot Mendelson, Mike Miller and Shawn Lattimer (all 800lb benchers) bench with just the tips of their toes touching the floor. Gene Rychlak benches with his whole foot on the ground. So, it's up to you. Its my opinion that you can get a tighter arch with just your toes on the floor.
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/28 17:07:20 (permalink)
    i suppose its also to do with your height and bench hieght
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    RE: Floor presses... 2003/11/29 14:56:24 (permalink)
    I've had that problem with hamstring cramp during the bench when I go heavy... Does that mean I've been using the leg drive instinctively?
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