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Old 02-22-2008, 03:50 PM   #31
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CLOSE GRIP BENCH PRESS 5RM - 260x5
on one hand i'm happy that my close grip bench is going up so well, but on the other hand i'm not sure why my bench press 5rm is only 5lbs higher. does anybody else have this problem or any ideas why they are so close in weight?
Nice 5rm first of all .Also I just started doing close grips and I set an all time bench PR for weight on them in my 1st week!!!, so IDK why they are as strong if not stronger than a normal grip bench LOL But Ill take any PR I can get!

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Old 02-22-2008, 04:13 PM   #32
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How close together are your hands? When I do close hand bp, my hands are about 5" apart and my thumbs are behind the bar with the rest of my fingers. To be that close to your normal numbers, you would have to be somewhat wide still.
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Old 02-22-2008, 05:20 PM   #33
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^^^dude, that is a wrist problem waiting to happen. Close grip means a little closer not ridicuously close. And to add insult to injury you place your thumbs behind so that your wrists are even more rotated and vulnerable.

Close grip bench is basically shoulder width. The narrower you 'best' bench grip is the less the difference will tend to be. Some people go just a bit narrower than shoulder width for close grip but anymore and it ain't worth it.

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If you act sanctimonious I will just list out your logical fallacies until you get pissed off and spew blasphemous remarks.
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:28 AM   #34
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Nice 5rm first of all .Also I just started doing close grips and I set an all time bench PR for weight on them in my 1st week!!!, so IDK why they are as strong if not stronger than a normal grip bench LOL But Ill take any PR I can get!
first of all, congrats on the pr, and i'm happy to hear i'm not the only person with similar bench and close grip bench numbers
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Old 02-23-2008, 06:45 AM   #35
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2/22/08 Lower Body Workout #2

HANGCLEANS/FRONT SQUAT 3X5 - 135x5, 135x5, 135x5
i really, really like using this exercise to start off my workout

SQUATS 5=>5 - 295x5, 315x5, 325x5, 335x5, 345x5
i wasn't feeling all that great b/c i was a dumbass and went out drinking the night before so instead of doing a 5x5 with the same weight, i worked my way up in weight to about 5lbs more than i was planning on doing today, next week i'll go back to using the same weight for every set

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Old 02-23-2008, 12:15 PM   #36
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^^^dude, that is a wrist problem waiting to happen. Close grip means a little closer not ridicuously close. And to add insult to injury you place your thumbs behind so that your wrists are even more rotated and vulnerable.

Close grip bench is basically shoulder width. The narrower you 'best' bench grip is the less the difference will tend to be. Some people go just a bit narrower than shoulder width for close grip but anymore and it ain't worth it.
Eric hit the nail on the head. Close grip has its place (I use it a lot), but going to close and bad placement can lead to serious injury. I have seen people load the bar and then lose their grip because of a false grip (thumb behind the bar).

By all means use the movement, but do it smart. Good luck.

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Old 02-23-2008, 03:37 PM   #37
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how wide do you guys go on regular bench? i been doing mine on shoulder width...
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:05 PM   #38
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for me on regular bench press i wrap my middle finger around the mall smooth ring in the bar, on close grip bench i usually bring my hands in to the point where i have my thumbs wrapped around the outside edge of the inner smooth ring on the bar, i dont have a bar right here in front of me to look at but i think that puts my hands at about 18" apart
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Old 02-23-2008, 04:16 PM   #39
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regular grip I do the pinky on the edge of the rings. I dont do close grip.
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Old 02-25-2008, 08:32 PM   #40
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2/25/08 Upper Body Workout 1

BENCH PRESS 5RM - 270x5*
when i went for the 5rm i had one of the student athletic trainers spot me, the first 3 reps went up nice and smooth, the fourth rep was a little slower but i got it up, then when it came to the fifth rep i brought the bar down, touched my chest, and while it was on the way up the spotter started touching the bar admittedly the bar was going up slow, but it was going up none-the-less and i think i could have gotten it if he hadn't touched the bar, so now next week i am going to have to go for a clean 270x5 again

FLOOR PRESS 3RM - 255x3
this lift was real tough, so i'm real happy that i got it

DB INCLINE BENCH PRESS 3X8-10 - 70x10, 70x10, 70x9
didn't take enough rest time before the last set b/c the first two sets went up pretty easily so i guess i didn't think that i'd need to rest as much for the last set, i was wrong

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on the last set i got the first 8 reps and then i just stood and held the weight, counted to 10 in my head, and got the last 2 reps so i figured i'd count that as getting all 10 reps
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