Me and my workout buddy got into a bit of a debate about the correct form for the close grip bench press. My friend is currently studying the ISSA course to become a personal trainer, and despite the fact that i’ve spent more time in my life lifting than he has, because of the damned ISSA course, he thinks he knows everything.
Anyway, this is the issue between us. He says that hand width for close grip bench presses should be 6 inches apart. I said about 10 to 12 inches apart would be better, because it allows better control of the bar, enabling the use of increased poundage. He said you’re better off using a lighter weight but keeping your hands closer together.
Personally, I think that using a heavier weight is paramount to develop powerhouse muscles like tri’s, and think that keeping your hands that close together puts too much of your focus on your forearms and wrists.
I welcome all feedback, but am appealing to the Three Coaches in question because those three happen to be his favorites.