Your post wasn’t up when i posted my other response. But as for the arch, how much should i arch then. Like dave said, i go for the pressure on my traps. How should i position myself to avoid over arching?
Quick question, do you arch your back by driving your hips/butt into the bench or you push off with your legs to arch your back. I use to arch by raising my chest and driving my butt into the bench and thats when i got the most back pain, even on light weights sometimes. I recommend after you retract your shoulders, you raise your chest and use leg drive to get your arch. Check out this clip.
The extent in which Lee Hayward and Dave Tate arch is more for power lifting. They try to get their body at an angle similar to a decline BP because it’s the easiest of the lifts. I’ve never seen anyone do a complete BP workout using this form on every set.[/quote]
I watched that video. And Lee Hayward seems to think that you should arch your back, as he says “Some people are against arching your back, but its in the strongest position when its arched and the muscles are tensed.”