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Setting the Hooks for Barbell Bench

Where should the hooks be when you’re doing the bench press? should it be low so your arms are bent or higher?

Yes

What I mean by that is it depends on where YOU want them. Personally I like the distance between the bar and myself to be where my arms are slightly bent and have to use more shoulder strength to lift off. Do what ever is comfortable for you.

Low enough you can keep the scaps retracted at all times while pressing and high enough you dont have to press it up forever and have thew shoulders at the compromised angle for a long time.

If you can clear it by an inch its all good