What are everyone's thoughts on Bench press to neck. I recently read an article that incoporated this exercise. I have never heard of the technique nor have I have witnessed it being practiced. I was just wondering what peoples opinions were on the exercise, its effectiveness, and any other useful information about it.
Sounds like it could really tear your shoulders up. I've torn mine up just by using to wide of a grip with my elbows flared out for to long. I've learned the hard way the importance of form long term. Of course this depends on the weight being used also.
I've heard that they're actually more akin to incline benches i.e. taking out the sternal pec. Westside lifters perform a variation on this, the JM Press, which is a close grip bench lowered to about 4" over the throat.
I did this as part of an Ian King workout. If you've ever done any of his stuff, you know you spend alot of time shoring up your weak points. If I remember correctly, it was done after I had already done some chest work and I finished off with these. I used a super light weight the first time I did it so I wouldn't hurt myself--and I found out even that was too much!! I did it with a super slow cadence. Something like 3-1-2. All I know is it was a very humbling experience and my pecs got sore in a different area. Try it light and slow and see if it doesn't kick your butt.
He could if he wasn't dead. I know he used these with his bodybuilders but the technique was very precise and controlled. You would most likely be better off with other methods unless you can get special instruction on this.
I sometimes do this, but ONLY ON INCLINE. Since the bar naturally comes closer to the throat/chin. I usually touch the bottom of my chin, you'll feel a good stretch. Don't go super heavy and take it slow on the way down.
If you have been lifting a while and have strong shoulders, you should be alright. But if there all messed up, don't do this. I don't usually do too many sets of these, because I started feeling them working my shoulders before my chest sometimes.