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Kelly McColgan 06-09-2007 05:41 PM

I was reading something somewhere about bench presses and it was saying to bench x weight you should be able to vertical row y weight or something like that or else you may injure yourself or use improper form or what have you. Is there anything to this and is there any resource that covers these ratios for the various exercises?

Steven Low 06-09-2007 06:56 PM

Charles Poliquin says external rotation should be about 12% of bench press IIRC on a t-nation article. Sorry, don't have the link ATM.

Kelly McColgan 06-10-2007 03:08 PM

got it, thanks


James Goodell 06-14-2007 10:02 AM

Somewhere else on that same (not w/f safe) site I read that your pullup should be at least as strong as your bench press. For example, if you can bench 1.5x bodyweight, you should be able to do a weighted pullup with +0.5x. Double bodyweight bench should be able to do +1x weighted pullup, etc. That made sense to me, as more untrained people could probably do 1 pullup than bench bodyweight. After they start lifting weights, which to many people means benching 5 days a week, that may no longer be true, and their shoulders may suffer as a result.

Steven Low 06-14-2007 10:19 AM

Both are internally rotating exercises (so rotate work would probably be needed) although that would be a good ratio of push to pull.

Brad Davis 06-14-2007 01:07 PM

Steven, would it help to do chinups instead? perhaps that's a dumb question, but just crossed my mind.

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