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This strategy looks like an emulation of the effect of a slingshot, a device which mainly sees use with people benching heavier weights (300+). I have not used this device, but I've spoken with users and they recommended it, mainly for dealing with shoulder injuries. When a shoulder injury occurs, especially for people benching these sorts of weights, it ...


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A softer bench would absorb more energy, this would mean less power transfer. The soft surface would basically be a barrier between you and the bench, and at heavier weights would cause you to lift less. Maybe not to an extreme but less weight none the less. Always choose a firm bench.



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