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Getting Grip on a Bench


#1

I've recently started college at WVU and the rec center here is nice except for the fact that the benches are absolute garbage. I can set up initially but as soon as I drive into my arch I slide right up the bench. Any tips?

Second one's a long shot but does anybody on here go to WVU? A spotter that can give a decent hand off and gets the concept of "don't touch the bar unless it goes down" would be great lol


#2

wear a cotton shirt, and put chalk all over the back of it.


#3

As Ecchastang said, chalking your upper back is an easy fix. I have to do that on the benches at my gym and it makes a world of difference. If that isn’t an option, wrapping a resistance band around adds a ton of friction to even the slipperiest bench. Heres an example of what that might look like: https://www.flickr.com/photos/109931407@N06/14254743118/


#4

Yea I thought chalking my back might be the best way but just wanted to see if there was a way to avoid the mess. They do allow people to use chalk tho so if the resistance bands don’t work I’ll just do that. Thanks guys much appreciated!


#5

If you can also get a couple of blast straps and wrap them down the length of the bench, that’ll stick really good.


#6

Oh shit just saw that TrevorLPT posted the exact same advice… Whoops.


#7

Lol thanks anyway for the response :slight_smile: