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    All I see is young people doing bench more than squats...I very rarely see young dudes squat let alone older guys. You go to any gym in NYC and all the benches are taken, squat racks are usually empty.
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    Originally Posted by mtpockets View Post
    When I get up in poundage I use Power Hooks, It's a cheap way to save your shoulders
    Halfway mentioned his displeasure with them, and I think they're cumbersome (but your spot on about it saving your shoulders), but I workout at home and drilled and tapped holes in the tops of my dumbbells for a hook (visible from my video posted above) and it's GREAT!
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    Originally Posted by Payton1221 View Post
    Halfway mentioned his displeasure with them, and I think they're cumbersome (but your spot on about it saving your shoulders), but I workout at home and drilled and tapped holes in the tops of my dumbbells for a hook (visible from my video posted above) and it's GREAT!
    It's having to twist them to get them off at the start that annoys me, then for me the lockout is where I fail with DBs - so I couldn't get them back on the bar at the end of a set.

    And when you drop them, they break lol

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    Originally Posted by ElrondHubbard View Post
    This is a lot of great information. Unlike many of you, I find the incline press to be harder on my shoulders than the regular bench. I put the bench angle at about 32 degrees, and put up about 80% of my regular bench.

    Both are hardest on my elbows, but I find that to be the case for both pushing and pulling exercises. It's just there. I'm not worried about the big injuries or huge wear and tear that some of you are facing, because it's pretty clear to me I'll never approach those numbers y'all are putting up!
    I find flat bench much harder on the shoulders than incline. In fact I gave up flat bench about 3 years ago
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    Originally Posted by nkilmart View Post
    I find flat bench much harder on the shoulders than incline. In fact I gave up flat bench about 3 years ago
    I agree. I injured the AC joint years ago bad, and notice a lot more pressure at that point when flat benching. I think the bone heals on top of one another and presses down with weight in that position.
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    I'd rather do dumbells. I feel like I don't get as much out of the bar and it's a more awkward on my shoulders. I've worked on my form but still get a little pain in my right shoulder. The dumbell rom is just more comfortable and get a better chest isolation and pump. Unfortunately I have a lot of weight for the bar but not much for dumbbells.
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    Originally Posted by adamgentile View Post
    Yes the shoulders do come into play but if your shoulders hurt from bench pressing your form is way off.
    Nonsense.


    Originally Posted by mtpockets View Post
    I haven't benched in years, have no desire too.
    Yep. And makes no difference in gainz. It's just one movement. There are lots of options to train those muscles.
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    Just did chest an hour ago and decided to do warm-up sets incline. Felt smooth and great. Switched to flat for my working sets and by set 2 the right shoulder started to hurt. I'm considering just switching over to all incline instead. Working on finding some heavier DB's but so far either way to much $$ or to far away.

    Miss that machine at the gym I used to go to. It was a seated bench machine with weight stack. Felt perfect and could just do drop sets till my chest was pumped to explode.
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    Originally Posted by VicDumbbells View Post
    Nonsense.




    Yep. And makes no difference in gainz. It's just one movement. There are lots of options to train those muscles.

    It's not nonsense, if you have shoulder issues your form is off, plain and simple. Just like there is a correct way to run, throw a ball, swing a bat, golf swing, etc. There is a correct way to bench with taking the shoulders out of play.

    This video was a game changer, say goodbye to any shoulder issues when doing it this way.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdcg...ature=emb_logo
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    Originally Posted by adamgentile View Post
    It's not nonsense, if you have shoulder issues your form is off, plain and simple. Just like there is a correct way to run, throw a ball, swing a bat, golf swing, etc. There is a correct way to bench with taking the shoulders out of play.]
    I agree with Vic, and BTW, there are people with injuries who aren't capable of running, throwing a ball, or swinging a club/bat. This is the O35: lots of injuries
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    Originally Posted by charlievanriper View Post
    Well I don't agree with variety. The reason most ovr 50 don't bench is fear, my experience is opposite I find many over 50 benching... I for one have been benching forever and wong ever stop, I work thru and past injuries and bench
    As a side note I am 62 yrs old and steadily increasing my bench to a current 287 and a rep max of 225x12 all filmed and posted
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    Just trying to get an idea of where you guys like to grip the bar.

    I've found my best spot so far is with my ring finger on the inner hash mark. Keeping it wide enough to really activate the pecs but close enough to activate my triceps a decent amount.
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    Originally Posted by xTeTe View Post
    Just trying to get an idea of where you guys like to grip the bar.

    I've found my best spot so far is with my ring finger on the inner hash mark. Keeping it wide enough to really activate the pecs but close enough to activate my triceps a decent amount.
    It depends on your personal size and proportions, of course, but my gripping point is pretty close to where yours is.
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    I switched to Dumbbells only a few months ago and now much prefer it tbh. Shoulder pain never an issue, but I have found dumbbells to be great for sorting out imbalances for me. My left side was weaker, which became very apparent when switching to DB's, but is now catching up nicely.
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