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05-22-2004, 09:51 AM
i workout at home. my preacer pad has two settings on it one lower than the other. if i use the lower setting which always have can lift more weight. if i have it higher it fits under my underarms, however my arm is at a 45 degree angle to the ground. which one should i use? does it matter? thanks.
I think that you can lift more with setting that you use now because it is not right under your arms and you are bent over it a little more you might be using your back a little. But when you raise it up so that it fits right under your arms you are isolating your biceps more and that is why you cant lift as much. I guess I would probably use the higher setting because by the sounds of it that one isolates your biceps better.
05-22-2004, 01:47 PM
why not switch back and forth
I don't know how high your bench goes but if possible, stand up while using the higher setting and sit down with the lower one. I workout at home too so if your bench is like mine (basically a flat surface), you should make some alterations so that the face is more convex. According to Larry Scott, this is a necessity. He also advises to do your preacher work standing up. I do both. I stand up during my last few sets so that I can lift greater weights. As far as the alterations go, I rolled up some towels and taped them on the surface of the bench to add to its curvature. I definitely noticed a difference and it seems to be more beneficial.
05-22-2004, 02:03 PM
jev- you mean you taped them at the upper part so that your arm is dangling at a steeper angle?
Yeah basically. I wanted the upper part of the bench to have a higher curve to it. My bench is obviously on an angle but the face was completely flat. The towels sorta push up on my triceps providing a better angle. I don't know the science behind it but it definitely has worked much better for me. Hope this helps.
i saw pictures of both online but can't see any major difference, except that scott is like
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i'm confused. are those 2 names for same thing?
thanks in advance,
03-16-2005, 08:55 AM
Scott curls are another name for Preacher curls, named after Larry Scott because he spent so much time doing them.
it's simply that i saw things like "if you don't have access to scott bench try using preacher bench and so on" too many times. guess those guys had about as much clue as i do ... not very much
03-16-2005, 07:08 PM
Yes, the terms are generally used interchangeably. Sometimes people refer to a Scott bench as one that has more of a vertical pad, while a Preacher bench is one with a 45 degree pad. But I've found that's not universal, and nowadays, many benches have two sides, one vertical and one slanted, for your option! Kind of like |\
At any rate, here's Larry himself, and even on his site, he calls it a Preacher bench. Go figure. /forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif
03-16-2005, 08:04 PM
Larry Scott had some great biceps!
03-16-2005, 08:08 PM
Yeah he did!! Check out this pic:
I wish my arms looked like that hanging out of my short sleeves!
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ne question tho, arised when looking at Larry's picture... where should elbows be. I saw this guy at gym (big guy muscles allover and stuff) and he did so that his armpits were at about where larry's elbow is on the pic. So his upper arm (= shoulder to elbow) was on pad, \, and elbow was way bellow.
Is larry only posing on that pic or ... ? Well i guess i go read some on http://www.larryscott.com/ /forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif but answer would be appreciated!
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visit to larry scott's page(s) was a GREAT dissapointment ... in compare to ABC
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