[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
I see some guys at the gym do Inc. DB presses where they start with a regular grip and then turn the bells inward as they press, ending up with a neutral grip at the top. Is there a point to that, or is it one of those things like people benching with their feet in the air to “activate” the pecs?[/quote]
'Bout a year ago I was speaking with Cordova at a seminar, and his take is that the only reason most trainers press with their hands pronated (facing down) is because when people first created barbells, it was just never questioned (just a matter of simplicity). When you let your hands just drop ‘normally’ at your sides, they will be facing inward, not back. Now I’m not sure if any real electro-imaging shows this to be true, but his take (and just by feel, I tend to concur) is that you get more chest activation with a neutral grip (think about how many really old school bodybuilders has insanely thick pecs from doing mostly neutral grip dips!)
That’s interesting, and I do press with a (almost)neutral grip myself. Thanks, Stu.