We all know we have to pause in competition, but how do you train the bench in the gym? I’ve talked to experienced competitors who say they always pause their bench reps because they want to make their training as much like competition as possible. However, I’ve talked to others who say they train touch & go in the gym, then knock off a few pounds at the meet to account for having to pause; some of these guys claim pausing all the time inhibits development of explosiveness.
I’m not sure there is a truly right or wrong answer on this, because I know there are very strong lifters who train both ways. I’ve seen videos of Ed Coan and Jonnie Candito, for instance, doing touch & go in the gym. But I’m curious as to experiences people on this board have had with these approaches. As always, thanks in advance for your comments.