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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2004, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Bench press options?

I saw a few guys in the gym today on the flat bench, but their hands were palms up, as opposed to knuckles up. Can someone enlighten me as to what difference it makes, if any?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-19-2004, 01:08 PM
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it appears that the weight is placed more directly on your wrist, insted of angling downwards on your palms, where the weight is retained by your grip and thumb.

that's my guess from looking at it.

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My guess is that it works the inner and upper chest more so than normal by keeping your elbows foward and closer to your body??? But I'm just guessing.
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Are you talking about reverse-grip bench where the thumbs point away from one another? Benching this way keeps the elbows in and involves more of the shoulders in moving the weights.

If you are just talking about finger/bar placement that's all about preference and comfort, it doesn't really effect the mechanics of the lift.

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Are you talking about reverse-grip bench where the thumbs point away from one another? Benching this way keeps the elbows in and invoves more of the shoulders in moving the weights.

If you are just talking about finger/bar pacement that's all about preference and comfort, it doesn't really effect the mechanics of the lift.

Ya, I was talking about thumbs pointing outwards. Thanks guys... still looks awkward, though.
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if their thumbs are pointing outward away from the bench and their elbows are really close to their body, that would be reverse bench press that works the inner chest and mainly targets the triceps.......
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