Well, I agree with you FC, but it also depends on how you perform the lift. Powerlifters’ style of benching (the kind they do in competitions) is very different from the traditional BB style of benching.
Powerlifters use body mechanics that greatly alter both the stroke and leverages involved during the bench. This places much less stress on the shoulder joints and pecs. They also often times use bench shirts that help them lift the weight in the bottom of the lift (off the chest).
To be honest I’m not a big fan of flat BB presses. They are indeed responsible for a lot of injuries (everything from pec tears to shoulder problems). Of course many of these are probably due to improper form, or ego lifting. But, it’s not like one absolutely needs to do flat BB presses to build the chest either.
So, I personally don’t do them. I’d rather do DB presses, incline and decline BB, and machine chest presses. Those will all build the pecs and tend to have less injuries attributed to them.
Just my two cents.[/quote]
I agree. If I am lifting for a bench press contest, my elbows are tucked in. If doing a traditional Bodybuilding style bench press your elbows are out wide, which puts a lot of strain on the shouders regardless of how low you come. Also if you have a tendency to bounce the bar I think it is good idea to stop about an inch off your chest, NOT 3 to 5 inches like I see a lot of guys doing.
Another thing to remember for those talking about shortening the ROM, techniques used in a bench press competition like arching the back, intentionally shortent the range of motion and it is still a legal lift.