I just have a few questions on the little things when it comes to benching technique. And i’ll be lifting RAW the whole time.
- Does anyone ever experience sliding around on the bench. I get my shoulders tucked and get arched, but then when I unrack the weight I have a tendancy to slide back toward the supports. Im not sure if its that my shirt and the bench are just slick, or if its a tecynique problem.
(as a side note, I tried something I saw on another site and it seemed to help. Before I even touched the bar, I put my feet up on the bench and do a hip thrust. Then I just lower my feet but try to keep this position with my upper body. It seemed to help keep me very stable, but i’ll have to try it when it comes time to max.)
Bench grip width - Ive been benching pretty narrow, because of past shoulder issues, and when I read the westside book of methods, Louie said that theyll usually have beginner bench narrow. I haven’t had any real problems as far as shoulders lately, but am I cutting myself short for strength in the long run? I usually train with my index finger on the smooth part of the bar and then if I need to when maxing i’ll go a couple inches wider.
Arch - I more always better, or are there different ideals for different techniques and different lifters?