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    close grip bench and french press...

    i got 2 questions... should close grip bench be harder or easier than regular grip? also what exactly are french presses? i tried lookin online but i got diff results
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    Close grip should definitely be harder.
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    Close grip works the triceps better, wide grip works the chest better. So if your triceps are weaker than your chest close grip should be more difficult. French Presses are also known as skullcrushers.

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    i can close grip basically as much as i can wider grip.
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    Closegrip lots harder. French press is almost the same as a skull crusher, but you use a bar and lower it towards the top/behind your head, instead of the front of your face with a skullcrusher.

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    CG grip is more difficult than neutral grip. heres what i googled on french press:
    Lying French Press
    Lying face up on a flat bench, grasp a barbell with a grip of a little less than shoulder distance apart. Holding the bar directly overhead, keep your upper arms in the same position throughout.

    - http://en.mimi.hu/fitness/french_press.html

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    oh guys french presses are done sitting up the are also know as tricep extentsion
    but you hold the weight above you head a lower it behind you head keeping you elbows parallel(not letting them flare out) then press back up to starting position can use a barbell or dumbell

    I have never heard french presses described anyway but this untill I started reading this forum but every where I have learned to lift they have done them this way

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepto180 View Post
    oh guys french presses are done sitting up the are also know as tricep extentsion
    but you hold the weight above you head a lower it behind you head keeping you elbows parallel(not letting them flare out) then press back up to starting position can use a barbell or dumbell

    I have never heard french presses described anyway but this untill I started reading this forum but every where I have learned to lift they have done them this way
    I think those are "French Curls."

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjohnso View Post
    I think those are "French Curls."
    I'm pretty sure they're just called tricep extensions

    Everything I've ever heard/read french press is like a skull crusher but you go behind your head...
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder View Post
    I'm pretty sure they're just called tricep extensions

    Everything I've ever heard/read french press is like a skull crusher but you go behind your head...
    I thought French Press/Skullcrushers were tricep extensions done lying on the bench, and French Curls were done sitting up with the weight going behind your head.

    But hey, I'm fine with just calling the stupid things tricep extensions

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjohnso View Post
    I thought French Press/Skullcrushers were tricep extensions done lying on the bench, and French Curls were done sitting up with the weight going behind your head.

    But hey, I'm fine with just calling the stupid things tricep extensions
    Meh... It really doesn't matter what they are called... I don't like 'em
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder View Post
    Meh... It really doesn't matter what they are called... I don't like 'em
    I don't really like them either.

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    they hurt my tendons
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    Quote Originally Posted by stepto180 View Post
    oh guys french presses are done sitting up the are also know as tricep extentsion
    but you hold the weight above you head a lower it behind you head keeping you elbows parallel(not letting them flare out) then press back up to starting position can use a barbell or dumbell

    I have never heard french presses described anyway but this untill I started reading this forum but every where I have learned to lift they have done them this way

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    I can bench about 30-40lbs less on close-grips than on regular bench. I actually like tricep extensions 'cept my DB's don't go high enough!
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    My close grip max is 20-25 lbs less then my comp grip max. As far as skull crushers/french presses, they just arent comfortable on my elbows. There are far better tricep exercises then them.

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    my close grip is about comparable with my reg grip bench. but my tris are probably my strongest muscle group. my lats being my worst.
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    i also like skullcrushers, but dips are by far my fav tri exercise, the heavier the better.
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