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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 01-02-2007, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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open grip?

what is an open grip benchpress?
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that's when you dont wrap your thumb around the bar, it sits next to the index finger. it's not advisable if you ask me.

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Why would you say that? It feels for like a push exercise with that grip.
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Why would you say that? It feels for like a push exercise with that grip.
it should feel like a push exercise either way. with an open grip you run the risk of losing control of the bar. 250 lbs rolling off your hands from fully extended arms isnt going to feel good bouncing off your chest. To each his own, for me it's not worth it. I see guys doing open grip squats too, I dont understand the benefit unless you have some sort of thumb joint problems.

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I guess its a preference...I recall switching back in college mostly because it was a more powerful grip for me with less bar digging into my palm.

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They also call it suicide grip for a reason.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSJCDcAKShA
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Bouncing that bar off your chest every now and then is just part of the workout.

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Bad spot on that vid. Ouch!!

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Bad spot on that vid. Ouch!!
what?! the spotter is supposed to know the presser is going to drop it? even if the spotter had a solid firm strong grip on the bar he would have just been yanked down to the guys chest with the bar.

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And then the spotter would also have a screwed up back.
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what?! the spotter is supposed to know the presser is going to drop it? even if the spotter had a solid firm strong grip on the bar he would have just been yanked down to the guys chest with the bar.
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When I lift, I prefer to do most of the work and if I need a lift off the rack then I tell them I've got it very quickly and only ask for a little assistance. I consider the lift as part of the workout and try not to skimp there either. Putting the weights on and off the bar is part of the workout too...most of us just don't think of it that way.
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Putting the weights on and off the bar is part of the workout too...most of us just don't think of it that way.
I enjoy slamming the weight on and pushing the rack back a foot.
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Maybe I am not seeing something, but it appears that he (spotter) really did not have control of the bar and let go too quickly. I think this was more a matter of a lack of communiction by the guy on the bench; he had too many things going on for the spotter to follow. I guess they each had some fault in it.

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the spotter had no fault in this. He cannot be expected to dead lift that much weight from that height and hand it to the bencher, nor can he be expected to keep it from crashing down. He is there for minimal help, in the even that it is needed. If you are doing so much weight that you can't control it you need to lower the weight or bring in side spotters.

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Maybe I am not seeing something, but it appears that he (spotter) really did not have control of the bar and let go too quickly. I think this was more a matter of a lack of communiction by the guy on the bench; he had too many things going on for the spotter to follow. I guess they each had some fault in it.
Spotter is not at fault here. He's paying attention. Generally unless it's a very heavy weight for the person, you don't shadow the bar...you get your lift and then assistance once you're stuck. If you need help all the way down then specify it otherwise it bothers many lifters. The spotter gave the lift and let go which is exactly what he was supposed to do.
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I enjoy slamming the weight on and pushing the rack back a foot.
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Don't forget grunting until you shit your pants. That's cool.
I haven't shit my pants yet, but I fart a lot.

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I use open/false grip on just about every exercise I do. It promotes balance and proper weight movement in a pure anti gravity motion. With closed grip it allows for more variation of movements. Mind you just because you use closed grip I am in no way saying you are lifting wrong or anything. Just stating why I use it as my preference.

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I haven't shit my pants yet, but I fart a lot.
That's why I want to get a home gym. That, and the wicked camel toe on the decline bench. Don't want people seeing that in public.

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That's why I want to get a home gym. That, and the wicked camel toe on the decline bench. Don't want people seeing that in public.
I think you mean incline bench.

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I think you mean incline bench.
Nope. I meant decline. Crotch in the air. Don't question me about impropriety.

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Nope. I meant decline. Crotch in the air. Don't question me about impropriety.
my bad i thought you meant the decline bench gives you camel toe. that would be virtually impossible. but if you have camel toe before you get on, yeah the whole gym would see that....

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my bad i thought you meant the decline bench gives you camel toe. that would be virtually impossible. but if you have camel toe before you get on, yeah the whole gym would see that....
bahahahhaha, that's what I was thinking too.

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my bad i thought you meant the decline bench gives you camel toe. that would be virtually impossible. but if you have camel toe before you get on, yeah the whole gym would see that....
Now that you mention it, I guess that makes sense. I have total paranoiah about camel toe, and it's thanks to you guys on this damn board. I am always worried about that. But yeah, gravity would be in my favor if I'm on the decline bench I guess.

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When did camel toe become a bad thing?

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When did camel toe become a bad thing?
There is a woman who works out at my gym who is notorious for camel toe. I swear it is a requirement for her when picking out outfits. Shes got camel toe so bad that you can see when she is wet.

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When did camel toe become a bad thing?
um, right then.....


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um, right then.....


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