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    Bench Press, touch your chest or don't

    I just want to see what my misc thinks. I just recently healed from a shoulder injury and have been touching my chest on every rep.
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    It doesn't count as a proper bench press unless you touch your chest. That's not to say you have to though. If you feel that you can only lift a 3/4 ROM without aggravating your shoulder then do that. Just don't say you can bench x weight when its not full ROM.
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    i feel like a pussy if i don't make it touch my chest.

    in competitions/combines it doesn't count if it doesnt touch the chest.
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    I touch my chest.

    Have partially torn my rotator cuff in the past, and I still go down to my chest.

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    Yeah, I do pause reps half of the time where I let it sit on my chest for about2-3 seconds. Massive jacked fibras
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    I personally touch my chest, I DO NOT BOUNCE IT OFF MY STERNUM, otherwise, about .5inch-inch before your chest is also fine imo, because some people are afraid of hurting their sternum.
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    When I tore my RC I could only go down halfway but i kept at it and eventually was able to get to my chest.
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    You're not bench pressing if you're not touching your chest. My opinion.
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    What about the "myth" that people say that anywhere below 90 degrees is a waste of a chest exercise?
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    This guy at my gym doesn't tho, but he tells people he reps out 225



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    Touch to full lockout or it doesn't count in my book.
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    why is it wrong to bounce off chest?
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    I don't even touch the bar, I just look at it, and imagine really hard that I'm benching.
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    i dont fux wit goin to the chest. if my arm was 90degrees all the way at the bottom and all the way at the top then id do it. alot harder with longer arms too
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    Originally Posted by KIDRR View Post
    This guy at my gym doesn't tho, but he tells people he reps out 225



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    Originally Posted by sb8160 View Post
    I personally touch my chest, I DO NOT BOUNCE IT OFF MY STERNUM, otherwise, about .5inch-inch before your chest is also fine imo, because some people are afraid of hurting their sternum.
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    I don't bench.
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    Originally Posted by KIDRR View Post
    This guy at my gym doesn't tho, but he tells people he reps out 225



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    I got a friend who maxes out on bench about 5-6 inches above the chest.
    I tell him its close but not legit. Told him to drop 20 lbs and do it legit.

    Wat u guys think? legit or no go
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    i touch my chest, but due to injuries I lift lighter than my full potential.

    For heavier weight, I use machines.
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    the key is to touch, not bounce
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    Only on a warm up and first set to get full ROM after that normally pause about 0.5 - 1inch above the chest don't like to hit the chest when I go heavier
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    your chest is like a sheet of glass. brush the bar against it but dont bounce or it will break.

    having said that, some really tall people physically cannot and should not touch their chest.
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    Nope. Hurts my shoulders to touch chest. I come about an inch away from my chest.
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    Originally Posted by DMR4494 View Post
    Nope. Hurts my shoulders to touch chest. I come about an inch away from my chest.
    This. I always used to touch my chest, but occasionally got very bad shoulder pains so stop around an inch away now
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    I am the minority

    I don't touch my chest. I have been doing it this way ever since I injured my shoulder a while back. Plus, being 6'4" I have a massive wingspan so my ROM would be hyoooge...and as you can tell from my avi, my chest DOES respond well to this. I can rep 225 like this
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    I bench 10 inches away from my chest, because my shoulder hurts if i go below











































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