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wato19
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2006/07/19 11:36:05 (permalink)
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close grip bench width

alrite people just wondering how close your hands are on close grip bench press not sure if i am doing it right. the instructor in my gym tells me to come as close as possible but other guys in the gym say it doesnt need to be that close. or is it like most things in weightlifting personal preference?
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    CYE
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    RE: close grip bench width 2006/07/19 11:53:39 (permalink)
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    I find too close a grip puts a lot of pressure on my elbows. I use a slightly narrower than shoulder width grip (hands roughly 12" apart on an olympic bar) and my triceps get hit plenty.
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    RE: close grip bench width 2006/07/21 23:05:30 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: wato19

    alrite people just wondering how close your hands are on close grip bench press not sure if i am doing it right. the instructor in my gym tells me to come as close as possible but other guys in the gym say it doesnt need to be that close. or is it like most things in weightlifting personal preference?



    are you serious mate ?
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    Rob1985
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    RE: close grip bench width 2006/07/21 23:13:18 (permalink)
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    Touching the edges of the smooth on an olympic bar should be about right for most people.
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    Olly Jackson
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    RE: close grip bench width 2006/07/21 23:15:38 (permalink)
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    I think your arms should be parallel to each other at lock-out, so unless you're very narrow, that'll be about where rob suggested.

    Any closer than that and you're asking for wrist problems, big time.
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    RE: close grip bench width 2006/07/23 08:06:05 (permalink)
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    Shoulder width apart so you end up with your arms parallel at extension as Olly said

    Consistency is the key
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    stephen77
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    RE: close grip bench width 2006/07/23 16:13:42 (permalink)
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    i am with the others and go shoulder width apart.

    keep your elbow tucked in as well.

    if i go to close it just hurt my wrists and I will not be able to lift as much.,
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