Last night I had some questions pop into my mind when training and wanted to iron it out.
- When decline benching to max from pins I’m confused on where my finish should be. More out in front is a weaker position but a more natural line…While if I let the bar drift back a bit its a way stronger position through the push to finish [/quote]
There should be a slight arc. Not as pronounced as in a flat bench, but it is not a straight line. If you press in a straight line the shoulders are in a weak position at the top which makes the lockout a bit harder.
I KNOW that powerlifters using a bench short press in a straight line, but the bench shirt and emphasis on lockout exercises changes the give a little: the straight line is the shorter press and with their specific equipment and training, it works.
2. On the bent row from pins I pull with the bar gliding thighs to abs, I have a tendency to roll the elbows in and kind of rotate the shoulders out…but I feel the movement is more natural not doing this a keeping elbows out naturally when pulling.
Slight tweaks but they make a difference…
I like that style of rowing better myself: it hits the lats a lot more whereas the elbows out pull will hit the rhomboids and rear delts more.