Hey guys, I’ve been having some trouble really feeling my chest workouts in my chest. Also the left side of my chest is larger than the right and it annoys the hell out of me. I’ve been using dumbells for my presses and lowered the weight, made sure I was breathing right.
I tried pre exhausting with flys and I also tried doing some tricep work before chest. If anyone has any input on this or what helps them I would really appreciate it, I’ve searched online and read other threads but nothing I do seems to help.
Try stopping a little above the chest when weight is coming down. You may be using too much ROM and instead of stretching your chest you could be stretching your shoulders.[/quote]
If someone has a history of shoulder issues or abnormally long arms then I can understand telling them to stop short of the chest. But your understanding of biomechanics is flawed if you don’t think the pecs or being stretched at the bottom of a bench press.
Actually, many people find that only focusing on the bottom 1/2-2/3 of the ROM (from the chest up) helps them feel their chest the most.[/quote]
By saying stretching the shoulders instead of chest I should’ve mentioned that doesn’t mean the chest is completely out of the equation. Understand though, that some people do have a problem with too much shoulder activation at full ROM and rely heavily upon delts when pressing after fully compressed.
It was merely situational advice, and may not work for this particular user.
Fair enough, everyone is different, so I’m sure there are some people who that would apply to. Most people who I’ve heard complain of feeling the bottom a lot in the shoulders though were benching with improper form.