wasn't sure how many people add close grip into their routines and if there were any benefits to it relating to regular bench?
also.....should you be able to close grip more or less?
10-19-2010, 07:01 PM #1
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10-19-2010, 07:14 PM #4
I perform Smith CGBP during my chest workout. It's an outstanding movement, IMO. I flare my elbows slightly to increase chest activation.Bodybuilding is 60% training and 50% diet. Yes that adds up to 110%, because that's what you should be giving it. Change the inside, and the physique will follow.
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Well, think of it as a math equation sort of. If you using primarly 2 muscles, you should move less weight. If your using primarly 4 muscles, you should move more weight. I know its not a 100% because your not using the same amount of tri's with a wider grip. But, the gap should be pretty noticable IMO.I Rep Back.
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10-20-2010, 04:11 PM #9
I only bring this up because the end of this month marks a year into bodybuilding for me, and one of my milestones I wanted to accomplish was that 300lbs bench mark....now I've never maxed out....I've always calculated what I could lift 5 times....so if my math is right I've reached my milestone well ahead of schedule and thats also while lifting what most would consider at close grip....so I'm hoping once I get my ass to a gym instead of my basement I'd reach that mark rather easily with a shoulder width grip....
10-22-2010, 10:34 AM #10
10-23-2010, 07:24 AM #11
you can see in my pic that after a year my chest isn't maybe as developed as I would like....but for the most part, that's because like I mentioned before, my bench forces me inside shoulder width...it's just a lil weird because my progress hasn't slowed down at all, which I expected because of a closer grip....
10-23-2010, 09:53 AM #12
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10-23-2010, 11:42 AM #13
So by increasing your tricep strength, you are worried your bench press will decrease?
Am I missing something here?
It's a good lift to have and it defiantly can't hurt your bench."Giving your best is more important than being the best."
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10-23-2010, 11:48 AM #14
10-24-2010, 07:46 AM #15
The closegrip bench is a great exercise it has helped me increase my bench some in the past. The only thing that I dont like about the closegrip bench is that you will likely be using less weight on the closegrip and therefore I do not believe you will stimulate your body to learn to control heavier weights than your normal bench. For this reason I would suggest doing closegrip bench one week, then doing partial closegrip bench the next week, on the partial week you should add extra weight perform the top half of the repetition with a trustworthy spotter to assist you if needed. Increase your weights slowly when doing this however. Furthermore I think heavy dips have helped my bench press more than the closegrip bench press. And do not forget how important having a strong back and forearm muscles can be to benching because of the stability aspect. goodluck
10-24-2010, 08:47 AM #16
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