please excuse my ignorance, but do you actually need ankle support while benching? I’m not sure if that was a joke or not.
When I do heavy benching, I put my legs in the air so I can’t rely on them or arch my back when the weight gets really heavy. I feel it also helps me to isolate my pecs while doing the exercise.
if this is the wrong way to do it someone please let me know
A distinction here has to be made. This is an issue of goals. Someone like your self is more on the ‘bodybuilding’ side and want to isolate muscles therefore you are limiting the arching of the back and digging of the feet into the ground. Whereas a ‘powerlifter’ who wants to lift as much weight as possible with good form will do everything in his/her power to lift the weight. Bringing the legs off the ground will make you weaker, will make you use your abs, and consequently lift less.[/quote]
perfect answer, thank you.