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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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My ass goes up in the air...

When I benchpress. Not a lot but it's off the seat. Is that bad? If so, what do you do to fix it?

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I was told it was ok as long as your feet are still flat on the floor. And as long as your not flailing around like a fish trying to get the weight up? I could be wrong though.

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As long as it's not a lot... more important would be the location of your elbows when bench pressing.. But try this, Use a wide foot stance to increase stability on the bench. Feet flat on the floor, weight on the heels, lower leg perpendicular to the floor. This will prevent extreme arching of your lower back. You're most stable when your ass is on the bench. Lower the weight and get the technique down.. Then move up..

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Sounds like you're subconsciously trying to make the exercise easier. I'd lower the weight and keep good form. The butt or back coming off the bench is not good form, now matter if it's an inch or a foot.
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Sounds like you're subconsciously trying to make the exercise easier. I'd lower the weight and keep good form. The butt or back coming off the bench is not good form, now matter if it's an inch or a foot.
I think there's a lot of truth in that. I workout in my garage and don't have a spotter.

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Let me ask yall this; if I am able to get the right form down will moving the same amount of weight still be possible?

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Let me ask yall this; if I am able to get the right form down will moving the same amount of weight still be possible?
Only one way to find out. Everybody is different though, for example my workout partner is bigger and stronger than me on flat bench, but I can outlift him on decline most days.

My guess is that if you can still move the same amount of weight, with good form, you'll probably come away with a better pump in your chest and maybe feel more sore the next day. I know that's the case with me whenever I seriously am focused on form...
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Put your feet up on the bench if you have to in order to do it right. You will eventually hurt your lower back if you keep doing this.
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I like to bench sometimes with my feet in the air, but with my ass on the bench of course. Try some different variations and see if anything works. Quality is where it's at, you want to perfect your posture in order to truly get stronger/bigger/leaner. You will hurt your back with what you're doing, I had a buddy flat bench the same way..it was like he would almost throw his torso up to get the weight up everytime. Once he started doing it correct his strength went up quicker

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Put your feet up on the bench if you have to in order to do it right. You will eventually hurt your lower back if you keep doing this.
No do not do this...
That's almost as bad as not wrapping your thumbs around the bar.

Keep the weight lower and get your technique

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No do not do this...
That's almost as bad as not wrapping your thumbs around the bar.

Keep the weight lower and get your technique
What's wrong with that? I tried that technique for the first time recently and found it gave me much better stability...
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What's wrong with that? I tried that technique for the first time recently and found it gave me much better stability...
Feet on the floor for a wider base with better stability. Putting your feet up not at all helps with the mechanics of the lift.

Bottom line, technique is all... go with less weight to acheive the right form.

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