Cool, thanks man. That confirms what I have been doing.
I am a little wider than 12" as well. I don’t think it’s such a big deal. The reason that I don’t like really close is that my wrists don’t bend that way very far, and the closer I get to my chest, the more stress it puts on my wrists. This reduces the weight I use.
The closer my hands are, the more likely I am to flare my elbows low in the lift. Not what I want.
I look at close grip meaning: closer than your normal bench grip, and you feel it in your tri’s more than your chest. The wider your back and chest, the wider your grip will be. You said you keep your elbows close to your sides, and that’s perfect.
Oh, and I use 225 for 5x5 on close grip.
Amsterdam Animal wrote:
Hey good idea with the board, that should allow for a clsoer grip without too much stress on your wrists right? Does that still give you enough range of motion?
What do you think about my positiong, I think I maybe wider than 12 inches but it seems to be working well for me.