Big fan! I’ve been reading your stuff on LIFT-RUN-BANG since discovering it a few months back. Very happy to see you have your own forum here!
I’m doing a minimalist, high-frequency training block. I’ve been doing incline bench press for my single upper body pressing movement. I read “In praise of the incline” on LRB, and I’ve seen you put up some ridiculous incline bench numbers on YouTube, so I know you’re a fan of the incline. I have some questions on how to get the most out of the movement. Ultimately my goals are to get stronger at incline pressing while preserving my joints. I figure since I’m incline pressing 3 days a week, the risk of overuse injuries is higher. So far, elbows feel fine, but shoulders can get a little achy.
Onto the questions…
I noticed you use a thumbless grip. Would you recommend this for everyone, or is this something you do because of your mechanics? I’ve tried it, and I find I can internally rotate my shoulders compared to a “normal” grip.
Also read you stop about an inch short of your chest to save your shoulders. Is there a good way to make sure I’m stopping at the same spot consistently? And, how do you feel about pausing at the bottom… making it a Spoto press kinda? Last, I was thinking about putting plate on my chest. I figured that would ensure my range of motion is consistent between reps - bad idea?
Finally, any guidance on grip width? Personal preference, or is there an optimal width for keeping the joints healthy?
Thanks for your time!