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Is my friend, who lifts 3 times more weight than I do, stronger? He's stronger than you at certain things. There is no universal single benchmark for strength. Numerous things can be used: squats, snatches, atlas stones, deadlifts, overhead press, pulling a car up a hill, etc. Your body adapts to what you do it. Your friend doesn't concentrate on ...


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I've been lifting for several years and my shoulders always feel great. My answer is anecdotal, but my habits are based on listening to smart coaches. I do a 1:1 mix of standing overhead press and bench presses. My primary pushing movement is the overhead press, and I don't let my bench get out-of-control strong without training my shoulders. Everything is ...


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If it hurts, don't do it. Here's document on treating your rotator cuffs http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2484936/ But again, if it hurts you, don't do it. Benching with a barbell and dips commonly hurt people's shoulders. If you don't need to do those lifts, switch to exercises that don't hurt. Dumbbell benches, presses, etc. are more often ...


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It's a little hard to write this out, but when benching "power lifter style", I usually approach like this: Try to drive your shoulder blades into the bench. You want lots of positive and balanced contact between your upper back and the pad. You will be on the toes / balls of your feet, which helps to arch your back. Your feet will be nearly under your ...



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