Yeah, the sport of powerlifting is exploding and becoming more and more mainstream. That means, people in the gym will be doing more of the big three lifts in the gym for their strength training sessions: the bench, the squat and the deadlift.
I love the bench press but too many people in the gym nowadays do it wrong and it’s getting worse too. I see so many people in social media posting videos of themselves bench pressing at the gym, showing off their newest “p.r.’s” (aka, personal record) but they do it with their butt coming off the bench. Is the butt coming off the bench while benching good? No.
The reason it isn’t good is ’cause it’s cheating and they do it as a way to try to push more weight. Another reason, the butt coming off the bench is not good is that you’re asking for an accident and an injury could occur. Those are the few reasons why powerlifting competitions don’t accept the butt coming off the bench.
When lifters show videos of themselves benching and you see their butt coming off the bench, someone calls them out for it and this lifter can get very defensive. This happens every fucking time. It’s really quite funny.
I am sick of this, though. Benching with the butt coming off the bench is becoming more and more popular. They probably see others do it and delude themselves into thinking, “Hmmmm, that could work for me”. In my opinion, going for a “pr” on bench with butt coming off of it is not a “pr”. When you bench with your butt coming off the bench, you get lesser range of motion and that’s why you are able to lift more weight doing that. When your butt comes off the bench, you’re not really doing a flat bench. It turns into a different workout when you do that… excessive arching or butt coming off the bench, you’re doing a decline bench really. Not a real overall chest workout.
Not only do I see so many lifters on social media benching with butt coming off the bench, I see too many guys at my local gym benching that way too. In my opinion, it looks very dangerous and it’s very silly benching that way. I’m waiting for the day someone kills themselves in the gym ’cause he/she benched with the butt coming off the bench. Not only guys bench that way, women do it too.
Although, this is not an attack and no hating on women but women bench with butt coming off the bench more than the guys do. I’m beginning to see that women are more egotistical in powerlifting than the men are.
Maybe it’s okay to bench with the butt partly on the bench, that’s fine but with the butt completely off is pretty stupid.
I’ve been benching full time for a little over a year now and I’ve never lifted my butt off the bench once during my bench sessions. I don’t do excessive arching either. I can’t arch anyways due to my scoliosis so I have no choice but to bench with a flat back. I like flat back benching anyways ’cause of more range of motion and more power.
Benching with butt off the bench… stupid, dumb, idiotic. Why are benchers doing it more when they shouldn’t?