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    Anxiety with bench pressing?

    Anyone else have a fear that their hand will slip when bench pressing? I’m just now trying to add 5lbs every week to my lifting, but the higher the weight it’s going, the more I’m worried that one day my hand will slip, or give up, and I’ll die.

    I feel like subconsciously this is the main reason why I haven’t progressed in bench pressing in the past year. I’ve essentially lifted like the same weight.
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    Are you lifting with a suicide grip? If so, stop.

    Regardless, start benching in a power rack if possible and bench with an arch. You should be able to set the safety bars just under the top of the arch so if you ever do drop the weight you'll be safe.
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    There could be numerous reasons why you aren't progressing in bench.

    But if you're having serious anxiety and fear of death, in addition to the suggestions above, you could either use a spotter or switch to DB presses while you work on the mental aspect.
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    +1 to using a spotter if needed. That will help mentally.

    But, the best way is to just slowly increase in resistance weight - building confidence. Are you somewhat new to weightlifting?
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    Ditto to all. Get yourself a safe situation with rack or spotter, make sure you know how to practice good form and technique, and then hit hard.
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    Benching in the squat rack sounds like a great idea. I will definitely do that from now on. Thanks for the great suggestions!

    I feel like this change is going to be groundbreaking for my chest progress. I don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner.
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    I’ve suicide gripped since 1986 and never had an issue or a close call . I’ve watched some of the videos where guys dropped it on their throats or chests, and the thing I found weird was they weren’t even suicide gripping at the time .
    How it pops out of their hands is beyond me
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    I use half racks because of height issues , but if people are concerned , just buy a full rack so you can use the safety rails
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    Grab it normally and it will likely never happen. Always bench toward your chest. It should never come close to you're throat if you're afraid of that. Never max out when alone until you're more advanced and have a feel for what you can do and how to safely dump/roll the bar if pinned. Watch these vids and lift weights that make sense for your strength level.

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    Originally Posted by hcuraB View Post
    Benching in the squat rack sounds like a great idea. I will definitely do that from now on. Thanks for the great suggestions!

    I feel like this change is going to be groundbreaking for my chest progress. I don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner.
    Yes, you definitely want to use those safety bars. I lift alone at home, and I wouldn't bench without them.
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    Originally Posted by ElrondHubbard View Post
    Yes, you definitely want to use those safety bars. I lift alone at home, and I wouldn't bench without them.
    Also I typically bench without collars . Worse case scenario you can tilt the bar and let the plates slide off
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    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    Also I typically bench without collars . Worse case scenario you can tilt the bar and let the plates slide off
    Yep, I have my strap safeties setup so I can get out from under a failed lift and if a catastrophic injury were to occur I would not get crushed but I still lift without collars in case something happens and I need to ditch the plates. I also keep my phone within reach shall everything really go wrong.
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    Originally Posted by ElrondHubbard View Post
    Yes, you definitely want to use those safety bars. I lift alone at home, and I wouldn't bench without them.
    Not even if your life depended on it?

    Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    Also I typically bench without collars . Worse case scenario you can tilt the bar and let the plates slide off
    Yeah but that doesn't help with dropping.
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    I always bench in a rack these days. About a year ago, 185 slipped out of my hand and dropped onto my ribs. Prior to that I had always feared the same thing as you that one day it will slip and I will die.

    Had a bruised rib and wasn't able to do any vertical pulling or pressing for several months.
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    Originally Posted by Millz12323 View Post
    I always bench in a rack these days. About a year ago, 185 slipped out of my hand and dropped onto my ribs. Prior to that I had always feared the same thing as you that one day it will slip and I will die.

    Had a bruised rib and wasn't able to do any vertical pulling or pressing for several months.
    How does the bar slip out? Wouldn't it have to physically jump up and over the thumb?
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    I've suicide gripped all my BB presses my whole life; and also never even a close call. Would have no idea how a bar would pop out of your hand with a thumb-over grip.
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