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    Whatsup guys, I just joined a week ago and had a big misc. thread and the powerlifters redirected me here. Shoot me your questions and I'll do my best to answer every one of them. I will have bench press videos, in depth routines and diet advice for every stage and type of lifter on my website that will be up and running the friday after this one. If anybody is located in the Los Angeles region I also have a gym Mendelson FIT Systems located at 9180 Kelvin St. Chatsworth, CA, 91311. Feel free to drop by and come train with the team!
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    Sweet..i don't remember if you answered this in the misc thread, but whats your general opinion of the incline bench press, do you use it often? and is it as effective as flat bench in strength building.
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    Hi Scot, thanks for joining and giving us some of your time.

    What do you think are the most important setup/form techniques for shirted benching, generally speaking?

    With an open back shirt, what adjustments to the sleeves & shoulders do you like to use?
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    Scot,

    Whats your stance on the form differences between raw and shirted benching?
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    Hey scot thanks for sharing and giving back by answering questions.

    What movements would you reccomend for off the chest strength? I've built my triceps up and strong, now my sticking point is 0-2" off my chest. I'm a raw lifter.

    How do you utilize close grip bench in your training?

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    Mr. Mendelson, I currently have a 5rm max of 185 for touch and go benching; however, at my last meet I could only get 175 in a usapl competition style. Is this normal?

    Also, would it do me better to progress in a linear fashion (ex, starting strength) or a conjugate style for my bench?
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    Originally Posted by SethID View Post
    Sweet..i don't remember if you answered this in the misc thread, but whats your general opinion of the incline bench press, do you use it often? and is it as effective as flat bench in strength building.
    Incline press is great to build strength and build upper body mass. I don't do it anymore, I can't risk a rotator cuff injury and it doesn't improve my flat bench like going heavy on board presses does

    Originally Posted by JacobRothenberg View Post
    Hi Scot, thanks for joining and giving us some of your time.

    What do you think are the most important setup/form techniques for shirted benching, generally speaking?

    With an open back shirt, what adjustments to the sleeves & shoulders do you like to use?
    All of the measurements are custom fit to your body. The arm measurements should be tight. The chest measurements differe according to the amount of weight to touch. You want to have a lot of triceps support. That's why the arms should be so tight
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    Originally Posted by B.Money View Post
    Scot,

    Whats your stance on the form differences between raw and shirted benching?
    Maintaining form in the raw bench press is harder because the lack of support but technique is the same

    Originally Posted by samsont View Post
    Hey scot thanks for sharing and giving back by answering questions.

    What movements would you reccomend for off the chest strength? I've built my triceps up and strong, now my sticking point is 0-2" off my chest. I'm a raw lifter.

    How do you utilize close grip bench in your training?

    thanks,
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    I rarely close grip bench at all. Work on the 1 and 2 board

    Originally Posted by SonOfTowelHorn View Post
    Mr. Mendelson, I currently have a 5rm max of 185 for touch and go benching; however, at my last meet I could only get 175 in a usapl competition style. Is this normal?

    Also, would it do me better to progress in a linear fashion (ex, starting strength) or a conjugate style for my bench?
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    what would you recommend for hip mobility work?
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    been thinking about a particular routine which is ed coan's bench routine (watched his bench vid from back in the day). but, only problem is i havent lifted heavy in over 2 years on any main lift (cant do squats or deads anymore, scoliosis in the lower back sucks). question is, should i hop on ed's bench routine or go for starting strength instead?

    BTW, i will be coming back from a torn labrum after march 13th. a big reason why i'm torn between both these routines.
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    Hey scot,
    You probably get this question a lot, but being that you're a big bencher, what can i do to bring my bench up? Benching has always been one of my weak points and would love to increase my bench.

    Would you be a gentle giant and critique my PL routines through private messaging?

    What are your thoughts on working with bands and/or chains?
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    Originally Posted by Scot Mendelson View Post
    Maintaining form in the raw bench press is harder because the lack of support but technique is the same
    So you have the same bar path, grip width, etc. whether you're wearing a shirt or not?
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    do u do alot of upper back work to balance out your upper body?
    also do u do any type of cardiovascular training?the reason i ask is i am assuming it takes alot of oxygen to power all the muscle mass u have,and it would seem like u would need to work your lungs to be able to power it all.(just a theory)
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    Hi Scot,

    Thank you so much for your offer to help.

    I have recently set my bench back a significant amount as I found myself bouncing off my chest. I am trying to completely rid myself of this bad habit yet am having difficult controlling the bar on the descent - what advice do you have regarding bar control?

    A video of my form is below, pressing a very embarrassing weight of 3x5x245 which proved moderately difficult. Any other help regarding my form would be very much appreciated. Among other things, I am curious if I have a poor arch and am taking too long between reps.



    Finally, I apologize if this is a silly question or something far too general to ask: what type of programming would you advise for someone of a ~315 bench? I only have 1.5 gym days devout to pressing, so I'd like to make the best of it.

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    Many of the world's best bench pressers are former bodybuilders (yourself included). Is there anything power lifters can learn about bench training from bodybuilders?

    Also what are your favorite upper back exercises? Do you do any rotator cuff prehab/rehab and if so which exercises do you like best?

    Also when you tore your rotator cuff how often did you ice it?
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    Scot,

    1) How to decrease sharp pains in the shoulder while benching?

    2) How to improve leg drive?

    3) How to decrease elbow flaring?

    4) How to make the bar move in one straight line and not all over the place?


    Thank you...
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    First of all thanks for using your time to help.

    My question would be if there is a reason why it's so damn hard to increase the weight on the benchpress? I have a weak upperbody anyway but I can't seem to increase the weight even on low weigth.

    Ever heard of people that got serious problems to increase the working weigth?
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    reverse grip bench press

    How do you feel about reverse grip bench press
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    Warming up for a meet or max test day

    Hi Scot, what's your feelings on % of opener to warm up with on meet day prior to your first lift?
    From what understand its best to do dynamic efforts during warm up rather than heavy?

    Let's assume a lifter with a 420 shirted bench, 550 squat w/light gear.

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    Originally Posted by A_Hard_Rain View Post
    what would you recommend for hip mobility work?
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-t...#axzz1hVbbCpLh Great article on hip mobility

    Originally Posted by Smashiin View Post
    been thinking about a particular routine which is ed coan's bench routine (watched his bench vid from back in the day). but, only problem is i havent lifted heavy in over 2 years on any main lift (cant do squats or deads anymore, scoliosis in the lower back sucks). question is, should i hop on ed's bench routine or go for starting strength instead?

    BTW, i will be coming back from a torn labrum after march 13th. a big reason why i'm torn between both these routines.
    That's a tough question because I have no idea where you stand physically. I would start up with a beginner routine then slowly work your way back up. Preventing injury is so important and jumping into an advanced routine after being stagnet is a great way to reinjure yourself

    Originally Posted by Notsostrongnick View Post
    Hey scot,
    You probably get this question a lot, but being that you're a big bencher, what can i do to bring my bench up? Benching has always been one of my weak points and would love to increase my bench.

    Would you be a gentle giant and critique my PL routines through private messaging?

    What are your thoughts on working with bands and/or chains?
    Bands and chains can be great and are used by a lot of lifters, but I don't incorporate them into my routine. I will have a website up by the end of this week that will have a section for critiquing lifts and show bench routines for every type of lifter
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    Originally Posted by Colluctor View Post
    So you have the same bar path, grip width, etc. whether you're wearing a shirt or not?
    Bar path is going to be different between the RAW and shirted bench. I can bring the bar lower on my body when I have a shirt on

    Originally Posted by kinggorilla View Post
    do u do alot of upper back work to balance out your upper body?
    also do u do any type of cardiovascular training?the reason i ask is i am assuming it takes alot of oxygen to power all the muscle mass u have,and it would seem like u would need to work your lungs to be able to power it all.(just a theory)
    I do pulldowns and bent over rows occasionally. If you are benching like a powerlifter correctly, you are using more back and triceps then pecs so that is not an issue for me. I don't do too much cardio either but occasionally will go bike riding or hit the eliptical.

    Originally Posted by likkuid View Post
    Hi Scot,

    Thank you so much for your offer to help.

    I have recently set my bench back a significant amount as I found myself bouncing off my chest. I am trying to completely rid myself of this bad habit yet am having difficult controlling the bar on the descent - what advice do you have regarding bar control?

    A video of my form is below, pressing a very embarrassing weight of 3x5x245 which proved moderately difficult. Any other help regarding my form would be very much appreciated. Among other things, I am curious if I have a poor arch and am taking too long between reps.



    Finally, I apologize if this is a silly question or something far too general to ask: what type of programming would you advise for someone of a ~315 bench? I only have 1.5 gym days devout to pressing, so I'd like to make the best of it.

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    Read my routines for advice on benching. In regards to bouncing, many people think this cheating method will up their bench but that is a myth. If you learn the proper way to bench, bouncing is counterproductive. The best way for me to describe it is like an elastic band. When I bench, my back is bound up, triceps are tight and tucked in so when I hit that stick point, my whole body is so activated and bound up that I incorporate leg drive and put more effort towards the triceps and the weight comes up with ease.
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    Originally Posted by NephilimRising View Post
    Many of the world's best bench pressers are former bodybuilders (yourself included). Is there anything power lifters can learn about bench training from bodybuilders?

    Also what are your favorite upper back exercises? Do you do any rotator cuff prehab/rehab and if so which exercises do you like best?

    Also when you tore your rotator cuff how often did you ice it?
    There is nothing to learn from bodybuilders bench presses besides how to rip pecs/rotator cups with efficiency. Don't get me wrong, if you are trying to develop your chest that is the way to do it, but I am 42 years old and can't afford a tear. Bent over rows is my favorite back exercise.

    Originally Posted by Mustardteeth View Post
    First of all thanks for using your time to help.

    My question would be if there is a reason why it's so damn hard to increase the weight on the benchpress? I have a weak upperbody anyway but I can't seem to increase the weight even on low weigth.

    Ever heard of people that got serious problems to increase the working weigth?
    It all comes down to technique. You need to learn the proper form and you should have no problem putting on weight if your diet/sleep/and training is on point.

    Originally Posted by wheelerx50 View Post
    My question: Do you promote lifting until failure every session?
    Not at all. We lift incredibly hard but you need to be able to get your work sets in. If you go till failure without assistance, that hinders your next work sets.

    Originally Posted by rageen8 View Post
    How do you feel about reverse grip bench press
    It sucks
    Originally Posted by tmonkey View Post
    i am thinking scot does not know how to sub a thread yet
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    Originally Posted by nsurdis View Post
    Hi Scot, what's your feelings on % of opener to warm up with on meet day prior to your first lift?
    From what understand its best to do dynamic efforts during warm up rather than heavy?

    Let's assume a lifter with a 420 shirted bench, 550 squat w/light gear.

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    Originally Posted by tmonkey View Post
    i am thinking scot does not know how to sub a thread yet
    Originally Posted by Scot Mendelson View Post
    Explain please
    Top right click "thread tools" 3rd option
    For your notification type, I would pick "through my control panel only" cause if you picked email, your inbox will probably explode.
    Then whenever you want to check you just click on "user CP" at the top left and it will tell you if there's a new post
    In "User CP" at the bottom it shows all the threads you've started so far.


    My question. Sorry I'm such a noob but if benching correctly means I will use more of my back and triceps instead of pecs does that mean I should be using a closer grip to increase my max?
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