Is there a very large dichotomy between benching for hypertrophy and benching for a higher weight at a given set of reps?
I have been using a big arch and tucking my elbows and I can definitely do more weight than with my back flat or my elbows flared.
My main goal is hypertrophy (175lb BW, 6', 200#1RM currently) and I thought it was better to lift heavier weights any way you can for hypertrophy.
I searched in Google for "How Much Ya Bench" and ironically it turned up two articles by the same name, one from Mike Robertson and one from Charles Staley that prescribed a completely opposite set of parameters.
Staley claims flared elbows and flat back are better for hypertrophy.
I am thinking that's not true, and that proper bench technique is proper bench technique...heavier weight is better gains.
For hypertrophy+strength (as opposed to one or the other, durr I know they come together, but my goal is BOTH not one specifically) what bench form do I use
And do you call BS this, or what?