Let's say I'm doing french-press: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQJl5yYOEbE with two options. Once with wide grip, and elbows kept wide. Next time close grip, elbows - the same. Other parts of move - the same. I mean head touched at the same point, same about end of move. Question is about load I can take in short grip, or better to say it's drop. Why is that narrow grip gives big drop at load? I can expect that it makes long head playing main role, while wide grip activates side heads. Can anyone explain that in details?


Correct me if I'm wrong, but you want to understand why you can lift heavier with a wider grip?

In this isolation exercise, I think the grip is not the most important : it is the elbow stance that plays the most part. Indeed, the wider the elbows, the easier it is.

You can try doing dips with elbows close to your body (i.e. parallel to the bars), it will be more difficult than with your elbows open.

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    Good point. Perhaps I wasn't precise enough - elbows position is key here. However it is hard to have elbows close to the body with wide grip... :) Anyway - I would like to know what makes that difference. That exercise is known to activate all tree heads. I know that it can vary, but still - I can' tell how, and why. – Michał Zaborowski May 23 '16 at 8:58
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    @MichałZaborowski if you update your question, you may get more answers specific to what you're really asking. – tniles May 23 '16 at 22:44

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