Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Dallas City Hall, SKYPING
I know several of the power lifters at my gym go bar-to-the-chest and 'pop' it about 6-8" off as quickly and rapidly as possible when they are benching. they also compensate by doing 16-20 reps with minimal-moderate weight. I asked about it, and they say it's to help train the muscles for the explosion off the chest when they bench. Since Justin is benching 525 without a shirt and without steroids, I'll take his word for it.
As for training the muscles in the chest for the pop, I have to agree: my max right now is pretty pathetic (230 lbs), and I slam the fuck out of the bar once I stuff my abs and pull in as much air as I can... those first 4" are the hardest. Once I am past there I push it up gradually and without much effort. I might look more into what they're doing, because that initial pop is my downfall. I feel like I could do 240 if I could get that bar off my chest at that weight.
Originally Posted by HarrisonBT
I sound shit out man, lol. Firefox didnt have a suggestion. I figure A) I'm waay too far off, or B) It's spanish, and Firefox is an English Fox.
I facepalm myself.