I'm not a competitive lifter, but I'm concentrating to build my strength in PL-lifts. I have a short question about my bench setup.
In my gym one experienced lifter (not the most experienced, nor really strong) always complains about my bench setup. I'm a long lifter and feel that only way to get my body tight is arch my back and to bring my legs quite "up". To maintain the tightness, I'll need to keep my legs in position where my heels are in the air. He refers this as cheating and unhealthy for the back.
I have understood, that lifting your heels is forbidden in many PL competitions, but one can find_a lot_strong people who benches like this.
- should I drop my bench numbers and learn different technique, or continue like this?
- Does this (or arching in general) have negative impact to my back in the long run?
Thanks in advance.
PS. I keep my ass in the bench when lifting.