Fail, after fail after fail. I've tried everything to bring up my bench-press to 225lbs. I've been bbing for a year now. I remember when I first started with 90lbs on the bar benching the weight. I was a skinny-fat mofo trying to get swole, but the force of the weights and momentum got the best of me when I couldn't even do 2 reps on it. Now, I can do that with ease, going up to 205 for atleast about 4 reps, dbs 160lbs ( 80 each hand ). Great progress, eh? Yeah a little, but I need help. I've tried wrist-wraps and they were good, but I don't wanna' rely on them. What's your medicine for the tall guy hitting the bench? Here's a video of me doing it and failing a bit. You can skip the commentary and get right to the business. Sorry about the length:
http://youtu.be/-pJZu2D6L6Q ( Can't see embed so eh. ) Please, no scolding.
Thread: Tall Guys Vs Bench Press?
02-02-2012, 07:31 AM #1
Tall Guys Vs Bench Press?
02-02-2012, 07:45 AM #2
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02-02-2012, 08:20 AM #5
Back & Bicep:
Deadlift - 5 sets of 5 reps.
T-bar Row - 4x6-8.
Seated-Row - 4x6-8, sometime 3 sets.
Pull-ups or Lat-pull downs with close grip: 4x6-8 sets.
Chin-ups to weighted - 3x failure.
Close-grip Bicep Curl: 4x6-8.
Wide-grip Bicep Curl: same above.
Chest & Tricep -
Negative weighted Dips - 3 sets of 6 - 8. ( Sometimes I do this, It's new. )
Incline Barbell Press - 4 sets to the heaviest on lower reps.
Incline DB-Press - 3-4 sets of 6-8.
Bench Press: 4 sets to the heaviest on lower reps with spot.
DB Pullovers: 3-4 sets of 6-8.
DB Tricep Extensions 3 sets to 6-8
Tricep-pull downs same as above.
Reverse Tricep Pulldowns as above.
Legs & Shoulders:
Squats - 5x5.
Leg-press - 4x6-8.
Leg-extensions - Same as above.
Behind The Neck Press: 4x6-8.
DB Shoulder Press: 3-4x6-8.
Shrugs BB or DB - 4x6-8.
Lateral Raises - 3-4x6-8.
I know my stuff may seem high-volume, lol, but I kind of like it that way. I load-up on calories and carbs on workout days. I don't know. Maybe it's my arms are something.
02-02-2012, 08:21 AM #6
Based on your thread title, perhaps you are using your size as some sort of excuse for not benching as much as your peers, and thus not putting in enough effort.
I'll remind you that all the top bench pressers in the world are over 6'.
1. How long have you been lifting?
2. What's your bench press / chest routine?
3. Are you clearly tracking your progression from week to week?☠ By reading this post, you have agreed to my negative reputation terms of service.
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I'm one of those skinny guys too, and have made huge amounts of progress in the last four months. That is I have increase my bench press by bout 60 pounds by using the following techniques. I do a little higher reps, but it looks like you are set within the low rep range. Try going a little higher for a while (8-12) and continually switch up the rep range about every 4 to 6 weeks. This will help break you out of your plateau.
02-02-2012, 08:48 AM #11
Ok, OP, watched the vid. Here's some comments.
1. You need to tighten up your form. Don't just "grab the weight and go". For example, on bench pressing, plant your feet under your butt and pull your back into a tight arch. Grab the bar, and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Grip the bar tightly, and establish tension in your body. Now unrack and keep tight through the rep.
2. I'd put your flat bench first in your routine. Progress your sets upward to your working weight, and crank those out in the 5 rep range to build strength. For example: 135x10, 165x8, 185x6, 225x5,5,5,5 (or whatever your 5-rep weight is). Progress the last 4 sets by 5 pounds per week, week in and week out. For your other exercises, use an 8 rep range for 4 sets (approx.)
3. Work your chest routine from the heaviest lift (BB bench) down to the lightest. So BB Bench > Incline DB Bench > Chest Dips > Flyes. Personally, I think the first two exercises will give you the best bang for the buck.
4. De-load periodically to give your CNS, connective tissue, etc. time to recovery.
5. Optional: Periodically, and sparingly, do some negatives on BB bench using right around your 1RM or 10% over. USE A SPOTTER!!
You're a big framed guy, and thus the biggest factor here is giving yourself time to put muscle on that frame. It doesn't happen overnight.☠ By reading this post, you have agreed to my negative reputation terms of service.
02-02-2012, 08:53 AM #12
The world's best strongmen are tall and while they usually don't do a whole lot of bench training they do plenty of shoulder pressing which obviously still involves long arms moving a bar.
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02-02-2012, 09:04 AM #15
The longer distance a weight moves, the more "work" is done. But to a degree that's a separate issue. You are larger, and so an equal argument could be made that you are beginning with more muscle mass, and have the capacity to add even more. What about short lifters that have monkey arms? Women are generally smaller than men, but don't lift more pound-for-pound. etc. etc.
Certain physical proportions do make certain lifts more difficult. But to focus on that element will only hold you back.☠ By reading this post, you have agreed to my negative reputation terms of service.
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02-02-2012, 10:28 PM #22
I see you were trying to incorporate negative dips into your routine... you were going down way to fast for them to be worth your time... typically negatives are about a 5 second eccentric.... Also, you should start with your big pressing movements first.. Either start with bench or incline... If you don't always have a spotter around, just use dumbbells ... pick weights that you can do at least 3 sets of 8-12 reps ... you will be fine man... keep coming back for more
02-02-2012, 10:51 PM #23
hi, first of all i think negatives on dips is a bad idea. just do bodyweight dips till you can do 16 then use a 25lb plate till you can do 15 then 35lb plate until you can do 15 and so on
secondly those pullovers are involving your triceps way too much, weight is way too heavy
pullovers should acually be a compound lift training chest AND lats... not tricepsDrug free is the way to be (srs)
02-03-2012, 11:15 AM #24
My problem was not going for Bench Press second, which got me tired. I understand that main compound lifts should be executed first before doing isometric movements. To the cheese-guy below, I do pull-overs ONLY for rib-cage expansion and stretching. I don't even do 3 sets sometimes, and only 2 sets. But I like the exercise, feels good. To Chazzy, I use to do it that way before, but felt kind of stupid, lol. Guess I'll go back to it. LATERZ.
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