Don’t bother convincing me. I’m already sold.
Why do Board Presses instead of just cutting your stroke short and perform a partial, cheated rep? All I’ve got is:
(1) You can strengthen different sticking points by using boards.
Stuck Mid-Way? Use a Two-Board. Can’t Lock it out? Use a 4.
Since you’ll be using more weight with boards, you’ll be able
to build up more strength to power past that sticking point.
(2) You have a point of reference. With Rack Lockouts, Board
Presses, and Floor Presses you’re not using the Full ROM
of a Flat Barbell Bench Press but you have a solid object
that either you or the bar starts and stops each rep.
But if you just try to do Partial Bench Presses without
a board or pins, then you’ll likely continue to add weight
to the bar and cut your Range of Motion as the weight gets
But I’ve got some ill-informed friends who are totally convinced that bending your arms past 90 degrees and letting your elbows drop lower than your nipples will absolutely murder your shoulders. I tell them that if they can’t handle the weight they’re using with a full range of motion, then they’re body isn’t strong enough to have that weight out of the hooks at all.
They’ll just continue to pile on the weight and cut their stroke until they’re doing partials with 275 but they only have shoulder capsules that can handle 155 at full range.
So how are board presses safer than cheating your reps? Or is their only advantage over partial reps that you have a point of reference?