Originally Posted by Yeti
secondly, a question about bench press technique.
rip seems to advocate a 'straight up and down' approach, with everything kept vertical and very little lateral movement of the bar.
however i just watched dave tate's bench press cure vid
. his technique involves an almost 30 degree bar path with flaring of the elbows.
is tate's stuff for more advanced lifters? which should i be trying for?
yeah those are inconsistent statements.The technique by dave tate is always specifically for powerlifting, and more specific: geared lifting. if you read SS rip advises tucking of the elbows some as well (90 degree upper arm to the body is bad for the shoulder) thus the bar path can't be perfectly vertical (you'd touch your collar bone).
the point is that with a shirt you really have to touch low to get the most out of the shirt, and this calls for more extreme tucking, he has said (or jim wendler, idk) that for raw lifting the tuck should not be so exxagerated, because you'd just lose the bar low.
basically tuck your elbows but the extreme level of tuck and arch dave tate advises is probably over done for general strength purposes. If you think it feels better, by all means go ahead though, because both rips and dave's set up are ways to get strong.