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    Are you supposed to tuck your chin when you bench?

    like tuck it into your upper chest? I always see some ppl do this and I've read it on the web a couple times. is this proper form?
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    Originally Posted by 1stChanceToLose View Post
    like tuck it into your upper chest? I always see some ppl do this and I've read it on the web a couple times. is this proper form?
    no that puts unwanted strain on your neck IMO...keep your head planted to the bench looking to the ceiling and use MMC and squeeze with your chest to raise the bar
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    I prefer to keep a physiologically normal, in-line position.
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    Best article on benching ever. I read this every once in a while and make sure I'm following it. There's a lot of nuances but it ultimately helps in your bench.

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...nch_press_cure

    Hopefully you read it. If not, the article mentions nothing about chin tuck. So, it seems that it's preference but I'd imagine that it would strain your neck like CashMoney said.
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    Generally speaking, contorting you neck/spine in any way that feels unnatural or forcing yourself into a position that goes against your body's natural mechanics is usually not a great thing to do. I can't comment on why some people do this (I have seen it too) but as stated, usually best to keep things in a normal, "in-line" position.
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    Originally Posted by terman1 View Post
    Generally speaking, contorting you neck/spine in any way that feels unnatural or forcing yourself into a position that goes against your body's natural mechanics is usually not a great thing to do. I can't comment on why some people do this (I have seen it too) but as stated, usually best to keep things in a normal, "in-line" position.
    I aggree with the people. i arch my back, but don't do anything strange with your neck. Neck strain can really put you out of commission. Keep your head flat on the bench natural. imo.
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    Up until september of last year, I had really long dreadlocks so I was used to having a mass of hair elevating my head whenever I bench pressed. No that I'm a baldie, I find myself subconsciously lifting my head on difficult sets. Its definitely not uncomfortable one way or the other.

    Having dreads for 10+ years and then cutting them makes for a strange adjustment. I'm still not totally there yet.
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    Should be watching the bar as it comes down to meet you.
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