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    Point well taken. His upper arms only drop slightly below his back. However, he's got a HUGE freakin chest also....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumble Z View Post
    Point well taken. His upper arms only drop slightly below his back. However, he's got a HUGE freakin chest also....
    LOL Yeah there aren't many powerlifters that aren't thick.
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    Wait... what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deviation View Post
    LOL Yeah there are many powerlifters that aren't thick.
    Ehem. I meant AREN'T thick.
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    So, I did an experiment yesterday and laid down on a regular bench press station and arched my back like the dude in the video shows and lowered the bar to my chest. My arms were WAY below parallel with the floor and my elbows pointed down at about a 45 degree angle. The lesson here I believe is that this arching of the back thing may make touching the chest safe for some people but certainly not all of them. The most important thing is to not overstress the shoulders by letting you upper arms move past parallel with the floor, no matter what position you use. I'd hate to think people might end up having the kind of surgery I did based on a false sense of security simply by arching their backs.

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    That's very true. I can't touch my chest without dropping below parallel. So I don't.
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    Isn't the arching of the back dangerous for the back tho?
    the only times i've done it, admittedly only when trying to force out the last 1 or 2 heavy reps its been uncomfortable and put quite abit of strain on the middle/lower back?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwright View Post
    Isn't the arching of the back dangerous for the back tho?
    the only times i've done it, admittedly only when trying to force out the last 1 or 2 heavy reps its been uncomfortable and put quite abit of strain on the middle/lower back?
    What you did isn't what we are talking about. That's why it hurt. You have to start that way.

    Your upper back/lats are actually the base of your bench. That's what supports you through the lift. When you use the powerlifting style, you force your upper back into the bench, squeeze your lats, and lock your feet down. You upper back and butt still maintain contact through the lift and your legs provide a sort of lever (prob not the right word here). A bench press isn't comfortable.
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