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Arching In a Bench Shirt

So I usually bench with quite a sizeable arch - I can nearly slide a foam roller under my back. However, once I put on a tight shirt I find it soooo hard to arch! Does anyone else have this problem? Have you found any solution? I currently bench with my large 4 inch lever belt that I squat in. Do you think a smaller narrower belt might help? Furthermore, does this lack of arch I have suggest I would be better off with a s/s shirt? I currently am working a rather tight a/s super katana single ply and am having trouble getting it to touch high enough for IPF.

Thanks for the advice!

I’m a dodgy bencher at the best of times so I may be able to help :slight_smile:

I bench with a custom super katana. When I got it, it was too much shirt for me and I couldn’t touch shit in it. I let the collar ride up on my neck so it almost chokes me out. I’m able to touch like that and then I pull it down incrementally as the weight gets heavier. I used it at worlds like this and got a meet PR and a bronze (go figure)

I just got back into an old Fury after benching raw for a while and had forgotten how exhausting it is to arch in a shirt. Because the shirt is basically pulling your shoulders forward, you have to work harder to force your shoulders back and keep your back tight. I find it physically and mentally much harder to set up in a shirt than it is to do it raw.

If you want to try a different belt, I use narrow leather belt for tools I got at Home Depot for $15. You only need it to hold the shirt down. Some people use a belt that holds their pants up.