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    Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    Weightlifter Invents a New Type Of Bench Press: Say Goodbye to Your Spotter



    I need to get me one of these!

    I pretty rarely have a dedicated spotter, and having to ask random gym goers to take time out of their own workouts to help gets kind of old for both me and them.
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    Re: Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    I well remember that one night at the base gym when I had to roll the bar off my chest because I couldn't make the last rep. It didn't really teach me anything but I damned sure remember it!

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    Re: Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I well remember that one night at the base gym when I had to roll the bar off my chest because I couldn't make the last rep. It didn't really teach me anything but I damned sure remember it!

    I actually forgot that Olympic bars weigh 45 lbs all by themselves when I first went back to the gym several months ago, so I wound up trying to lift 225 lbs thinking it was 180.

    Needless to say, it didn't end well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    I actually forgot that Olympic bars weigh 45 lbs all by themselves when I first went back to the gym several months ago, so I wound up trying to lift 225 lbs thinking it was 180.

    Needless to say, it didn't end well.
    Especially when you first go back. You get the bar off the rack and your only thought is "Gee, I don't remember it being this heavy. I must just be out of shape" and then 3 reps later....

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    That's an awesome idea, but im just wondering why that guy couldn't lift a sissy weight like that.
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    Re: Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    I like that. I usually use a power rack when I want to do bench presses without a spotter. But while a power rack will keep you from being crushed, you don't have a complete range of motion as you can't lower the bar all the way down to your chest. This looks like a clever solution.

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    Re: Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    It's a good idea that he came up with. That said, for long term shoulder health you should never fully max out on the barbell bench anyway. If its too heavy for you to get 8 to 10 reps with using good form, then you at risk of shoulder injury (that may well never fully heal). You can make a lot of strength gains and build a big and sculpted chest even if you never fully max out.

    Personally, I only barbell bench every 3 weeks and bench with dumbbells every other time (as well as lots of push-ups). Dumbbells are harder, build more functional strength, are much easier on your shoulders due to better range of motion, and if they are too heavy you just drop them.
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    Re: Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    It's a good idea that he came up with. That said, for long term shoulder health you should never fully max out on the barbell bench anyway. If its too heavy for you to get 8 to 10 reps with using good form, then you at risk of shoulder injury (that may well never fully heal). You can make a lot of strength gains and build a big and sculpted chest even if you never fully max out.

    Personally, I only barbell bench every 3 weeks and bench with dumbbells every other time (as well as lots of push-ups). Dumbbells are harder, build more functional strength, are much easier on your shoulders due to better range of motion, and if they are too heavy you just drop them.
    I used to hit the bench twice a week, but I've cut down to once a week after adding squats and deadlifts into the routine. I'm generally pretty tired after finishing up with my legs and back, and seeing as how my chest is probably where I'm strongest, I figure that I might as well focus what little energy I have left somewhere else, like my deltoids or biceps.

    Benching with dumbbells is alright. However, I'm not necessarily convinced that it's any safer. I'm always worried that my wrists will give out, and I'll wind up dropping one of the weights square on my face.
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    Re: Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    WTH, that guy in the video doesnt wrap his thumb around the bar when bench pressing- very dangerous, it can slip out from his palm and onto his chest.
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    Re: Bench Maxx - No More Need For Spotters

    Quote Originally Posted by Gathomas88 View Post
    I used to hit the bench twice a week, but I've cut down to once a week after adding squats and deadlifts into the routine. I'm generally pretty tired after finishing up with my legs and back, and seeing as how my chest is probably where I'm strongest, I figure that I might as well focus what little energy I have left somewhere else, like my deltoids or biceps.

    Benching with dumbbells is alright. However, I'm not necessarily convinced that it's any safer. I'm always worried that my wrists will give out, and I'll wind up dropping one of the weights square on my face.
    I do two full body workouts a week, but I usually do lower body one day and upper the next (resting the third day). Benchpress is the start of my upper body day because it's a compound movement that tends to pre-exaust (and pre-warm up) the rest of my upper body.
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