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Old 12-07-2006, 05:54 AM   #1
Daniel Doiron
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Currious to know your thoughts on wrapping the thumbs around the bar for the bench press and the standing shoulder press.

Mandatory?
Optional?
Subject to 'optional' if causing irritation till the problem / injury is resolved, then madatory?

I practice both and feel comfortable with both. I personnaly feel that the 'open' grip is more comfortable, but my strength is fairly similar if not identical for both.

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:03 AM   #2
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I have reservations about benching with an open grip because I always feel like I am going to drop the bar on my face. Not that it would ever really happen, I just like the security of my thumb. I don't really feel that it has any effect on the lift whatsoever, does anyone feel differently?
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Old 12-07-2006, 07:41 AM   #3
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In all my training, I have never advocated the open grip for safety reasons.
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Old 12-07-2006, 08:37 AM   #4
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Mandatory...unless you want a heavy BB falling on you. Plus get the bar under your bottom palm and arm (aligned with the bone)...so max force transfer from your shoulders, chest, arms can be applied most efficiently...don't let it slide back in your hand (open grip can make this happen), you will lose power....and your wrists may not be happy.
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:29 AM   #5
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well I would say depends on what you are use to, I've used open grip so long its 2nd nature to me, ( from Powerlifting) but if you are starting out i would say closed
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:57 AM   #6
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aside from being dangerous, a thumbless grip puts you in a weaker postion to complete the lift. as far as the bench press goes, lining the bar up across from the bottom of your palm with your thumb underneath and squeezing tight produces much greater force and stability than you can achieve with the thumb over the bar and the wrists pushed back.
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Old 12-07-2006, 10:58 AM   #7
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Open grip in powerlifting?
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:22 PM   #8
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Open grip in powerlifting? You bet. I never use anything but, in competition or out, and I've benched double bodyweight. I dispute that a closed grip is stronger (or safer). I get better alignment of the weight directly over my forearm bones, with less shoulder torque, with an open grip. And frankly, I doubt my measly thumb would stop 225 if it wanted to roll. Much less the bigger weights weight being managed by bigger people.
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Old 12-08-2006, 06:39 AM   #9
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I did'nt konw an open grip was used in powerlifting! but I am with Lynne Pitts...I feel I am sufficiently comfortable with the open grip to use it regularly. My wrists use to 'hurt' during Thrusters since I've tried heavy reps, so I switch to open grip and GONE!
I also feel there is less torque on the shoulder because the open grip allows a closer position for the upper arm (elbows in a little).




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Old 12-08-2006, 07:35 AM   #10
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There are big benchers on both sides of the fence, so in the end it's your judgment call.

But most feds ban an open (suicide) grip.
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