Originally Posted by fuji
I actually did more on dumbbell bench then I normally do on bench press today. I've just never been able to get my bench press strong. Whenever I do it it doesn't feel like im pushing my arms forward, feels like im squeezing my pecs like on a fly, dumbbell just feels more natural. Also I don't feel it in my chest that much when I bench. Mainly triceps and shoulders.
If you suck at BB bench, maybe you should
be doing them more.... you don't get better at something by NOT
Originally Posted by TrH
First OL class over.. shit was AWESOME. I lucked out as my coach is also the head coach for our national OL team... paints a pretty bleak picture of the status of the sport here though if the #1 coach has enough time to take on absolute amateurs like me.
I still have a lot of work to do.. technique and flexibility are lacking, the strength is (thank god) already there. I just hope my coach has enough patience to drag my ass to at least a semi-competent level technique-wise.
Details on coach and what gym you're training at? What did he have you doing?
I think one of the biggest obstacles in the OLs is courage. So many times approaching 1RM/PR I'll get a nice pull but don't have the balls to get under the weight for the catch. Since spotters for OL are kind of impractical, it's just you on your own and if you screw up with the weight, you can get screwed up BY the weight. You've got to have complete confidence in your technique and robotic reflexes so you don't even think about it, before becoming able to make huge lifts.