While watching the Thibaudeau Bench Press video from his circuit/complex routine, I heard some surprising statements.
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The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5MikmvU ... dded#at=27
Close to the beginning Thibaudeau states that benching without a Bench Press Shirt with the shoulders Down and Tight can cause injury because it's mechanically inefficient. Ultimately, he recommends flairing the elbows more to activate the traps more. This also puts his elbows lower and I would assume creates more external rotation of the shoulders.
To Contradict this, Dave Tate states in almost all of his videos to keep the shoulders tight and tucked more, because it's more efficient and less likely to cause a shoulder injury.
A couple of Dave Tate Videos that we've likely all seen here.
6 week bench press cure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QnwAoesJvQ
Westside Bench Press: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QnwAoesJvQ
While not a competitive lifter, I try to follow the Dave Tate method as close as I can. That being said, is this form dangerous for those of us lifting "RAW".
Obviously, Dave Tate and Christian Thibaudeau lift for a different goal, so is this why they have such differing opinions that they are stating as truth? Thibaudeau's form does activate the chest more, while Dave Tate's form can limit the range of motion (good for powerlifting) andactivates the triceps more.
What say EXRX Forums...