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    The Bench Press

    What do you guys think about this exercise now? I've read and heard mixed opinions on it. What say ye?

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    The Bench Press

    Can you provide a little context? It's just a tool. Over emphasized by pretty much everyone but there's nothing inherently right or wrong with it.

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    The Bench Press

    I've just read articles how its bad for your shoulders, etc. Just wondering what everyone else thinks.

    I still do it and haven't had any issues with it.

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    The Bench Press

    If you do it wrong (elbows flared), it can put a lot of stress on your shoulders. If you do it correctly, shoulder problems should be MUCH less of an issue. I bench twice a week, once for speed and once for maximal effort, and even though shoulder problems run in my family....mine are rock solid.

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    The Bench Press

    The rule of thumb I keep hearing is you need to make sure you do 1-2 pulling exercises (rows, pullups, pulldowns, etc) for every pressing exercise for shoulder health. I've also heard that elbows should be tucked instead of flared.

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    The Bench Press

    riptoe has a multi-part video sequence on youtube re: bench press

    search: mark rippetoe bench press

    I'm not saying he's the last word on the subject but I think he's an excellent starting point.

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    The Bench Press

    Thanks guys for all your input!

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    The Bench Press

    Quote Originally Posted by "Top":2d4zvgrh
    What do you guys think about this exercise now? I've read and heard mixed opinions on it. What say ye?
    If you're referring to the flat bench press, I've removed it from my programs entirely.

    It's the ONLY exercise that causes my shoulder to hurt. I'm guessing stopping the decent of the bar before it touches the chest could remedy the issue somewhat, but then it feels like you're doing the exercise half way.

    Incline bench press, shoulder press, push press, pushups, and so on, cause zero pain. But, as soon as I perform a few sets of flat bench, my shoulder starts aching. So, my relationship with the exercises is strained. Filed the papers.

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    The Bench Press

    I just read Matt Kroc's bench press article from August and thought it was a good read.

    http://www.mattkroc.com/articles/big...ngth-and-size/

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