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    Bench too low? Knees way above hips..

    Need some input on this one;

    I've recently noticed as I started increasing my bench press, it's at 90kg for 5 right now, the bench is pretty low. I think this is limiting my bench press progression as my knees are positioned a good deal above my hips (or the rest of my body). My question is, is this limiting my ability to use leg drive and what can I do about it?
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    Originally Posted by StuffedSwine View Post
    Need some input on this one;

    I've recently noticed as I started increasing my bench press, it's at 90kg for 5 right now, the bench is pretty low. I think this is limiting my bench press progression as my knees are positioned a good deal above my hips (or the rest of my body). My question is, is this limiting my ability to use leg drive and what can I do about it?
    Depends how low your bench is I guess, you should still be setting up the same but if the equipment is limiting you in anyway setting up properly (feet flat, legs tucked) then yes it may be affecting your results.

    Whenever I train away from my home gym I try not to bench for this reason
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    Considering I can't see how low your bench is, I would do 2 things: Arch as much as possible and try getting a wider foot stance with your weight on the balls of your feet to limit how high up your knees are. I hope that makes sense.
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    I'll add you need to post a pic or vid bro of you in full set up on your bench
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    If it is really to low put some blocks/mats under the bench.
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    Originally Posted by Jason2459 View Post
    If it is really to low put some blocks/mats under the bench.
    This. At our gym the benches are marginally low, so we slide about 1" blocks of wood under it to boost it up a tad.
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    Originally Posted by Jason2459 View Post
    If it is really to low put some blocks/mats under the bench.
    Good idea, I'll try this. thanks!
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    Well...Your stats says you are 6'6"! any bench is going to be to low for you..LOL... you probably need a good 3-4 inches of stuff under the bench to make it normal
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    Originally Posted by evilscout6 View Post
    Well...Your stats says you are 6'6"! any bench is going to be to low for you..LOL... you probably need a good 3-4 inches of stuff under the bench to make it normal
    normal to me means competition height, not whatever the fawk feels "good"

    comfortable isnt something i feel when benching
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