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Excerpt: How wide do you grab the bar when you bench press? have you ever tried benching with very little spacing in between the grip? how about doing wide grips? I am curious to learn more about it because in the gym everyone usually has the same moderate grip.

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    bench press spacing?

    How wide do you grab the bar when you bench press? have you ever tried benching with very little spacing in between the grip? how about doing wide grips? I am curious to learn more about it because in the gym everyone usually has the same moderate grip.

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    Re: bench press spacing?

    i space it a few inches away from the smooth part where it gets bumpy on the bar to the outside. that is a standard powerlifting grip

    keeping the grip in too tight puts a lot of strain on your wrists, i would be careful especially if you are older
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    Re: bench press spacing?

    I'm tricep dominant so I use a close grip

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    Re: bench press spacing?

    I mix it up to work different groups and fibers. When I'm trying to bench heavy though, I have a moderately wide grip so that upper arms is more or less at 45 degrees to the centerline of my body when the bar is fully lowered. Everyone is going to have different body mechanics and what works for one person may not work for the next.

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    Re: bench press spacing?

    I use more of a close grip due to a shoulder injury. The wider you go, the more risk and stress on the shoulder. I am sticking to dumbbells right now though.
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    for heaven's sake just grab the bar and push it up and down.
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    Re: bench press spacing?

    I do close grip at the inner part of knurls on tricep day. I use slightly wider than shoulder width for chest and regular bench
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    Re: bench press spacing?

    Quote Quote posted by cbbram View Post
    for heaven's sake just grab the bar and push it up and down.
    couldn’t agree more

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