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Old 01-01-2007, 05:30 PM   #11
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Yeah, I'm a skinny bastard like Pierre. If there are 45s loaded, I can fit underneath the bar.
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Old 01-01-2007, 06:45 PM   #12
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Fun stuff, for sure.
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:36 PM   #13
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Hey it worked:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ev-UP_2K04

My first youtube post, it sucks but here it is!
Oh yeah I'm small so no I don't lift very much...
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Old 01-01-2007, 07:46 PM   #14
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Awesome Pierre. Nice one, not sucky at all. I can see where that would become problematic for low rep/high weight sets, though.

I see there are some heavy floor press vids on youtube. The one with 350 and 80# of chains exhibits how brutally slow and grinding the heavy floor press can be. The bar is still 2-3" off the chest. I've gathered from comments about the vid that me getting the bar so close to my chest is somewhat unusual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nZvJLlyCj0

When doing a shirted bench press (and I know that it's really pretty irrelevant on this board), learning to finish a bench with that slow, slow grind is very useful.
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:01 PM   #15
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Yeah Steve it's not ideal but at the same time men did it for decades without a problem. I actually got that from reading Arthur Saxon's "The Development of Physical Power" so its got to be good for something if you have nothing else to work with.

I also noticed you have that great huge powerlifting back arch in your press. I try and do the same thing difference is I don't have a chest to go with it. I've even done bridge presses like this. Thing is I always bridge onto my shoulders because bridging onto your head when your are in the street or in a back alley is asking for trouble. Particularly if you are wearing military kit, like a rifle sling, just asking to get choked with your own equipment, plus you take your eyes off your opponent. SORRY TANGENT!

Steve,
I honestly think that powerlifters have much to teach the rest of us about lifting whether they use bench shirts or not.

It's like the argument of straps, I think lifting with and without straps both have merrit. All of the people including John Brookfield who maintain the stongest hands in the world all lift with straps at one point or another for one reason or another. I use them when I know my body can go farther than my hands. And guess what my hands have gotten stronger. sorry ranting again...
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Old 01-01-2007, 08:58 PM   #16
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No ranting. All good points.

There's a lot of good stuff in those old books. A lot of goofy stuff, sure, but a lot of good, practical, stuff that works.
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:25 PM   #17
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haha I agree about the goofy stuff, like the issue that I think Eugene Sandow invented the Thigh Master... Haha

Yes lots of practical stuff that seems to have gone by the wayside. Like I really like the bent press for some reason, probably because I'm pretty good at it.
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