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Old 03-14-2007, 09:26 AM   #1
Stanley Kunnathu
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So I did max BW BP + max pullups x 4rds.

My elbows were in tight,grip at torso width and bar touched just below nipple line on BP. Push straight up. Pull ups were bar touch chest.

1) Is this good BP technique?

2) Why do my traps hurt but not my chest or triceps?

Sure would like to see a video on the exercise page for BP despite the infrequency in the WOD. We rarely do windshield wipers or TGUs but they have videos. Not complaining (I am CF fanatic) just observing.

Incidentally, in 2 years of WOD'ing (scaled to 80%)I've never had an issue with traps.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:43 AM   #2
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Stan - not to hijack, but to hopefully draw some more attention to your thread...i've been wondering about correct technique on BP myself. I know a guy who SWEARS his very esteemed orth. surgeon instructed him to not take the barbell all the way down to your chest when BP. He was told it is terrible on your shoulders and does nothing to work your chest additionally.

My first instinct is that this is completely bogus and this doc has no clue what he's talking about.

Any help?

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Old 03-14-2007, 11:56 AM   #3
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I am on my second read of "Starting Strength"...So I can at least get the count up on the thread :-)

What does "Elbows in tight" mean? What angle does your arm make with your torso?

Just last night I read the section on chest touching. If you wnat to isolate your chest, don't go deep, but you don't want to isolate anything. There are other issues that he describes that lead to shoulder injury.

I would get the book and read it yourself, it's good.
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:27 PM   #4
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SS is on my list, Paul.

"Elbows in tight" means less than 45 degrees with torso. I tried to mimic pushup configuration just upside down. I have ROM to go chest to deck (looking straight ahead) with hands at nipple line (I'm saying "nipple" a lot).

No shoulder problems so bar to chest, I wouldn't think, would be an issue.

My understanding with shoulders and BP is when you flare your elbows out (greater than 45 with torso) there is unnecessary/dangerous strain on shoulders. I have definitely noticed that and corrected immediately.

All this talk about shoulders makes me wonder if my traps are compensating for weak shoulders?

I'm by no means a monster but I think I have reasonable shoulder strength and flexibility. Will have to look up actual numbers for PP and OHS but ring dips, handstand, HSPUs and disolates (at snatch grip) are no problem.
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