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Old 09-30-2007, 09:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bench Press and the Chest

This past month has been basically the first time I started hitting the weights again in the gym in a long time. (Nature was my gym.) The problem I am having is that when I do a bench press, I really feel it more in my triceps then in my chest. Is this right, or am I doing something wrong?

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It only feels like a good chest workout when I do a dumbbell press and I get a good stretch going at the bottom with the dumbbells, but I only feel it on the outer part of my chest no the inner.
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Add in some dips and close grip bench.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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close grip tends to focus the triceps even more


try wider
and do the dips wide and weight them
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes but if he gets tired i his triceps and not the chest, he probably has weak triceps and a strong chest, so he should focus more on strengthening is tricepses. So I agree with wukkadb.
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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no, if he already gets a lot of tricep work out of his chest work out, why would he need to start focusing it even more?

he's looking for a big chest, not overall strength

the problem is probably just improper technique

arch back a little, make a big chest and squeeze it, keep shoulderblades locked
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I have the same "problem" my triceps are strong but my chest lacks even though it looks pretty built.

Good thing the only two excercises I care about are Deadlifts and Squats
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no, if he already gets a lot of tricep work out of his chest work out, why would he need to start focusing it even more?

he's looking for a big chest, not overall strength

the problem is probably just improper technique

arch back a little, make a big chest and squeeze it, keep shoulderblades locked
His chest isn't getting tired because his triceps are weak and are gassing before his chest does.. so he should focus on his triceps more so they'll be strong enough to keep up with his chest.
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Old 10-01-2007, 11:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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please do read the first comment again lol

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when I was a newbie I had same problem, not anymore.. I barely feel my triceps while working chest, and my chest get battered
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Hmm thats werid how you feel it in your tris... but when I started working out I never did bench press I did free weight press, then moved onto the bench press. The only thing I can say is if your hands are to close. The closer your hands are together the more you work your triceps.
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please do read the first comment again lol

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when I was a newbie I had same problem, not anymore.. I barely feel my triceps while working chest, and my chest get battered
His post doesn't mean his form is wrong nesecarily? It could very well be possible that his triceps are just weaker than his chest and gas very quickly.
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