Arm length and benchpress

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    Im 160, 5-11 and my reach is 78 inches and im just wondering why people dont take into account reach with benchpress...if you have further to go its obviously much more difficult right? I wouldent trade my arm length for anything since its a huge advantage standing up but...it definetly hurts bench press and pushups and sometimes its :redface:
     
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    Shut up and lift.
     
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    lol. Fair enough just asking how much will this lower a bench?
     
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    Longer arm length is almost always a good thing for deadlifts, so don't compalin too much.

    Also, are you squeezing your shoulder blades together while you bench? Your delts should should be hardly moving. This can cut inches off the distance the bar has to travel.
     
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    5-11 your reach should be in the 74-75 range, for every inch, you can factor in about 9% more difficulty for each inch over the norm for your height.
    3 inches [email protected]%=27% so a 200 lb bench press would feel to you like roughly 254.
     
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    man im a lifting noob...ive just been kickboxing. ill try the squeesing the shoulder blades thing
     
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    Sorry to bite your head off. My arms are really long too, and I've wondered the same thing before. But in the end, unless you're competing for a big bench in powerlifting, just remember that the harder you work, the more strength will transfer to augment your good reach. If you're a kickboxer, that's better than short arms and a big bench anyway.
     
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    nerdking, we are speaking physics here.
     
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    Yeah I have a good plan, cut out sections of your arms, less ROM= bigger bench.

    Personally I'd rather stick my jab in someones face then bench 15 extra lbs.
     
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    its ok I guess i get what you mean..its just so retarted people are always like oh you train..whats your bench..gets freaking annoying lol.
     
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    Dont sweat it you're at a disadvantage from the get-go.

    I'm 6'0" and my reach is only 71"
     
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    Yeah for sure. I was just wondering if someone could tell me how much it affects so i could kno if im atleast average. Thats alright tho u guys make sense i suppose it doesnt matter as long as i push it
     
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    Hunto, do you have short arms, or are you just not very wide?
    I have average length arms but I'm very wide.
     
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    When they ask you that, use your reach to punch them in the face. After they start bleeding, tell them your bench, and ask them if they have a problem with it.
     
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    I have small hips, and thin wrists and ankles, but long arms and legs.

    My buttocks are sublime.
     
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    Bench =/= strength
    Just say you never bench and the only worthy measure of strength is how hard you can kick someone in the nuts.
    Then ask them if they want to know how strong you are.
     
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