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06-29-2012, 11:00 PM #1
Doing Bench Exercises on the Floor
This guy does bench exercises (like bench press & triceps extensions) on the floor. Is this a good idea?
06-30-2012, 12:36 AM #2
A good idea for what? It depends on what your goals are.
06-30-2012, 01:01 AM #3
I haven't watch the video yet ( phone ) but if it's basic floor presses than , yes, they are great for developing the upper pecs as well as over all . When I began training I did them because I didn't have a bench, but got away from them . In 02 I was encouraged to try them from a powerlifting friend . My chest was behind so I figured I'd give it a shot . i used a close grip ( index finger just off smooth center part of barbell ) . Between Dec 02 and Nov 03 i made my greatest progress in the area . Great exercise . One suggestion . Try to do them without resting them on the Power rack . Support the weight yourself . I hope that makes sense .
Ps.. I just clicked video .. exactly as he performs them , unsupported . Only difference for My purpose was the width of the grip . AWESOME exercise ... I will say some find them to be as difficult or even harder than traditional bench press.. especially if rest pausing for 3 sec ..
Last edited by KTTraining; 06-30-2012 at 01:04 AM.
06-30-2012, 01:20 AM #4
06-30-2012, 01:31 AM #5
In this vid I take a 3 second pause to prevent bouncing off the floor . Because the tricep n elbow hits the ground it is very easy to bounce or gain a boost to the lift . Still beneficial, but the rest / pause will prevent that and help you target the pecs more . I'm not showing a close grip here, but when I got great results from this exercise that is the one I used .
06-30-2012, 02:05 AM #6
06-30-2012, 06:20 PM #7
man that dude is gonna give himself an aneurysm.
07-03-2012, 03:08 PM #8
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i don't like barbell floor presses but i don't mind them with a dumbbell although you can't go as heavy.
07-03-2012, 07:44 PM #9
Its good for overall strength because you don't necessarily isolate the targeting muscle comparitavely like you would on flat bench. This way he is using a lot of overall stabilizing muscles when he balances himself.
I'd never try it because my forearms seem long as hell lol I'd probably hit the ground with my elbows before I got down 2/3 of the way.
07-03-2012, 07:56 PM #10
i love floor presses, i kinda feel like i get more out of pecs doing em...but its every few weeks when ill mix em in