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So after a couple of years of doing some isolation exercises and paying attention to the mechanics of a bench press I've determined that my front delts were the culprits. And so when I was originally doing bench presses, I think my delts weren't activating. But now after some time working on them, I finally feel them working when pressing. I haven't gotten ...


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Board presses are a supplement to regular bench presses. It's not so much a matter of pros and cons (as if you were choosing one over the other) as it is knowing under what circumstances board presses can be a useful tool: Emphasize Lockout - If the weak point on your bench press is the lockout, then board presses can provide focused work on that range of ...


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This literally just happened to me today even though my back is actually very strong as well as my traps/ rear delts/ rhomboids. The problem occurred as I attempted to unrack the barbell. I use a powerlifting set up for bench press and therefore had positioned my body slightly backward away from the bar as to create an arch in my back while flexing my lats ...


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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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