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    Bench: Feet on the bench or on the ground?

    Ok fellas. Everyone is different. Who does flat bench with their feet on the bench and who keeps them on the ground.

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    On the groud where they should be. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypertrophy
    On the groud where they should be. . .
    true

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    Ground, always, unless you're a girl of course. ;-)

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    I bench anything under 365 with my feet up, keeps my back completely straight with higher reps. Anything over 365 they're firmly on the ground..

    thats just me.

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    Feet flat on the ground, flat backed. No bridge BS

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    I do dumbell bench because my main concern isnt strength training, so it isolates my chest more, so if ur going for looks id say feet up is better, but if ur going for strength training i would think legs on the ground would be better,more balance and stability to get up more weight

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    Ground for sure.

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    ground; but if i'm lifting heavy alone in my basement high on drugs i'll put them up so i can push a little more if i can't get it.

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    Ground. Bench is for wusses i.e 75% of the guys in the gym.

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    Feet on the bench. I don't arch my back when they are on the bench and thats why I do it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypertrophy
    On the groud where they should be. . .
    agreed.
    I saw this little chinese guy benching 220. he couldnt have weighed more then 130 so it was an impressive lift.........except he had his feet on the bench and was arching so much his shoulders were the only part of his back on the bench. it was like an extreme decline. Horrible, horrible form!

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    I keep em on the floor no matter what.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prime
    agreed.
    I saw this little chinese guy benching 220. he couldnt have weighed more then 130 so it was an impressive lift.........except he had his feet on the bench and was arching so much his shoulders were the only part of his back on the bench. it was like an extreme decline. Horrible, horrible form!
    no more impressive than a guy who weighs 200 benching 435lbs. still not 2x his body weight. thats my goal 2x my BW. I never understand the feet up other than i thought it incorporates other muscles kind of like swiss ball benches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Mike
    no more impressive than a guy who weighs 200 benching 435lbs. still not 2x his body weight. thats my goal 2x my BW. I never understand the feet up other than i thought it incorporates other muscles kind of like swiss ball benches.
    It helps isolate the upper body so you cant use your legs.

    But me I like em on the ground.

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    In the air to avoid cheating by trying to arch my back in the air. Max benching on the ground but normally, I try to keep my feet up.

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    Feet up unless I'm trying something stupid....like 400.

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    Feet on the ground. The main reason is for safety.

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    never tried feet up.

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    i never tried it...

    The ones that do it look homo-gayish

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    Its amazing that theres just about the same amount of people who do bench with their feet up as there is people with no feet at all, kinda weird , i do them with my feet up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Mike
    no more impressive than a guy who weighs 200 benching 435lbs. still not 2x his body weight.
    Umm.... 435 is more than twice a bodyweight of 200.

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    hopefully everyone does realize that there is a difference between bbing form and powerlifting form. a power lifter is supposed to have his ass off the bench to help drive the shoulders into the bench. this technique creates more power, and thats all that a powerlifter cares about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmg
    hopefully everyone does realize that there is a difference between bbing form and powerlifting form. a power lifter is supposed to have his ass off the bench to help drive the shoulders into the bench. this technique creates more power, and thats all that a powerlifter cares about.
    When I did powerlifting meets you had to keep your ass and shoulders on the bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AandF6969
    When I did powerlifting meets you had to keep your ass and shoulders on the bench.
    i quess the rule varies. i was reading an article from a westside barbell trainee, and he was advocating this "ass off the bench" type of form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmg
    i quess the rule varies. i was reading an article from a westside barbell trainee, and he was advocating this "ass off the bench" type of form.
    from what i understand, lifting with your ass off the bench puts alot of pressure on your back and makes you more prone to injury

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    Ground although I tried the feet up thing a year ago and I just got bored and went back to my old ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bound for Muscle
    from what i understand, lifting with your ass off the bench puts alot of pressure on your back and makes you more prone to injury
    im sure it does. i dont do it.

    the point that i was hoping to make is that a person's approach and style of lifting should be expected to differ depending on that person's goal.

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    I always keep my feet on the ground, I have tried feet on the bench but when I did it made me want to push more with my legs, so I quit that promptly.

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    always on the ground...I don't need another back injury

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    get a good stance leave em on the ground

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