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Thread: I have a habit of lifting up my legs in the air when i bench. feels better to me

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    I have a habit of lifting up my legs in the air when i bench. feels better to me

    I have a habit of lifting up my legs in the air when i bench. feels better to me.

    There a good reason to do this?

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    I used to do this when I was younger, it feels like it engages the core more on bench but I think it can cause more instability on the lift and probably not a good idea on PR lifts but on some light weight it shouldn't be an issue.. Used to do this all the time on warmup sets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too-$mall View Post
    I have a habit of lifting up my legs in the air when i bench. feels better to me.

    There a good reason to do this?
    It takes away the leg drive, leaving more work for the chest/shoulders/triceps. Potentially good for bodybuilding. Bad if the goal is higher bench numbers. Also, potentially dangerous on max effort sets, as edcg19 pointed out.
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    oh yea, when it gets heavy my feet stay planted. i usually do this when i feel comfortable on the lift. it's always a decision i make. just feels better.

    Good to know though. i'll be careful. thanks BROS

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    I dislike that myself. I see people putting their feet up on the bench all the time too. If it's that easy where you don't need the stability: Add weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoldMyBeer View Post
    I dislike that myself. I see people putting their feet up on the bench all the time too. If it's that easy where you don't need the stability: Add weight

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    I agree.

    legs stay planted, slight arch i the back, rear delts gluted down. I'll never understand legs up in the air concept. crossfit? I don't know. I don't get it. lol.
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    Legs in air

    Curious what weight is on the bar?

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    I always laugh when I see people do this. If you want to train core, train your core...

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    I first saw this technique in an interview with Bev Francis in one of the magazines, late 80s / early 90s maybe. I thought it looked wonky and refused to try it, then thought what the heck and gave it a shot. As has been pointed out already, it A) eliminates leg drive and forces effort into the pecs, delts and tris and B) is a bit unstable as weight gets higher. I like them because to me, bench press should be about the chest, delts, tris but to each his / her own. I like it with dumbbells, but my legs go down as the weight goes up.

    I also gave up caring what people think about how I look in the gym long ago, especially now when quarter rep squats are the norm and deadlifts with a jump at the top are ok.
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    I tried this a couple of times and I was advised against it as it affects your stability and may result in injuries... But ya, as you said, as the weight went up the legs just wanted to go down lol.

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    Another function of this is to work the shoulder stabilizers, similar to doing push-ups on a balance ball.

    Since the torso is not stable, this means the scapula arenít either. It forces you to really use the serratus, rhomboids & RCís. Iím sure the intention is not to use it as a power exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Proximal View Post
    Another function of this is to work the shoulder stabilizers, similar to doing push-ups on a balance ball.

    Since the torso is not stable, this means the scapula aren’t either. It forces you to really use the serratus, rhomboids & RC’s. I’m sure the intention is not to use it as a power exercise.

    Exactly. You lose a ton of power when you remove the legs from the equation.
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