I have read the thread in T-cell alpha regarding Akuma's video's about the bench press. I cannot post in t-cell alpha so i figured i would start a topic in here for discussion.
Here are my thoughts, I dont know the whole story but this is what i gathered. Akuma claimed a 600 lb smith machine bench press, then claimed he could do 405 or so free weight. He then provided video evidence of him doing free weights.
So let me first start off by saying i agree with Akuma's posts. His form was fine. All of you in the t-cell alpha thread complaining about exaggeration and all this is really immature. THink about it for a second, if he exagerated on purpose why would he post videos of himself doing it improperly then? what would that prove?
in his mind and others the form was fine, which is why he posted the video in the first place. He then has people calling him a liar basically so obviously he would get upset.
Lets discuss form now. What is wrong with his form? its fine, sure he didnt go down to his chest, so what? Why is it that always the guys who preach perfect form are always the weakest? Look at some NFL combine bench presses or bench contest videos, some dont lock out or some dont even go all the way down to their chest. He isnt doing a powerlifting competition where he has to pause at the bottom or anything.
You guys are also acting as if going half way somehow increases your max by sooo much. To be honest it would be harder for me to stop half way and go back up then to go to my chest and use the momentum to push back up. If he has the strength to do 405x6 reps like that halfway im real sure he could do 405 for that many reps clean touching his chest.