Csulli, please stop posting advice. I’m not intentionally trying to be a dick, but I don’t know how else to put it. If you can’t even spot a bad setup on BP and DL, you should not give advice. I read some of your posts from other threads, too, and I don’t get the impression that you’ve been lifting for very long at all.[/quote]
Help me out man; what did I say to this dude that was bad advice?
I said push your legs into the floor, your article said “push your heels into the floor”
I said grip the bar as hard as you can, your article said “squeeze the shit out of it” (lol)
I said take care not to let your elbows flare out, your article said “tuck the elbows”
I said the bar will touch your shins, your article said “step up to the barbell so that your shins actually touch it.”
I said have your hands gripping the bar just outside of your legs, your article said “grasp the barbell with a grip that puts your forearms right up against the sides of your thighs”
I said tighten your core like someone is about to punch you, your article said “take a big gasp of air into your stomach to help stabilize your spine”
I was tryin’ to help this dude out. I’ve been lifting for a while now. Maybe we just have very different styles. I can do 485/315/525 (@198 raw if that matters), and I feel like I can give someone helpful advice who isn’t that far along yet. If someone posts a video asking for advice on their 450 bench press, then I’m keepin my damn mouth shut lol.[/quote]
You need to be more mean when you give advice. “Actually looks pretty good man,” is not an appropriate response to his bench form.
@OP: On bench, you need to reassess everything. Feet solid, hands in closer, tuck elbow, arch better, grip tight, bring bar lower, contract shoulder blades.
Deadlift looks like you’ve got the idea of pulling backward, but you’re not pulling your upper body back, you’re just sitting back as though it’s a good morning. If you’re not already, try this:
Pull slack from bar.
Feel tension in back (try to arched) and hamstrings.
Pull as fast as you can.
Do not let your form go.
Watch this video at :50 or so. See how he bends his knees a couple of times? I believe it helps realize the tightness of your form, and gets your quads into the movement a little bit better. Not everyone does it, but I do, and I notice a lot of top deadlifters do as well. Just something to think about.