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      02-21-2008, 02:36 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by Couch View Post
Don't focus too much on straight bench press. If you want to gain true strength begin each workout with a few sets of pull ups. Palms away from you. It's discussed in the work out thread below.

And imo, free weight incline/decline bench give better gains than flat bench.
I'm 5'11.
Actually I do start off my routine with pull ups. I posted a few weeks back about not being able to do a single one.
Since then I started doing them on the pull up machine. I started with 45 pds of help then 25 pds, and now I can do a few without any help.

I have actually been using a lot of the advice I have gotten from the OT portion of this site which has helped me a lot. i.e. pullups and 5x5 sets.