View Full Version : Is it ok to start a lift from the bottom position?
07-07-2005, 02:03 PM
This might sound stupid, but is it alright to start a lift from the bottom position? Like for example in a smith bench press, after I do a set and finish on the negative, is it alright for me to start the next set from the bottom position rather than pulling the bar up to the standard start position? Is there any harm in doing this? Thanks.
07-07-2005, 02:12 PM
You can start at the bottom on just about all exercises with no problems. I know SB loves to do this by stopping on every rep to start cold from the bottom. But i would drop the smith presses and get in the rack, but that is my opinion.
07-07-2005, 02:20 PM
The reason I am using the Smith as opposed to the rack is cos my gym doesnt have a rack! I recently switched from barbell to the smith because I would like to finish my sets with a slow negative. If that is the case, why don't ppl who are doing DC start of their lifts from the bottom position, seeing that they also finish their sets on the negative and THEN resetting the bar before continuing the restpause set. Not that I am doing restpausing as I am kinda new to the iron game, but I am just kinda curious.
07-07-2005, 03:40 PM
i use that as one of my me exercises in my wsb routine. i think its great. its really helped my low end, plus it has really helped me learn to get my lats into the lift.
07-08-2005, 12:58 AM
pause work is very nice for developing hole shot power on any movement. or bottom up works well out of a rack.
07-08-2005, 06:49 AM
Where's the Iron Maiden quote from? Used to love those guys. Saw them play at Hammersmith Odeon in London twice back in the 80's. Bruce used to work out at the London Gold's.
07-08-2005, 03:27 PM
The quote is from SNL...
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