Weght training for heavier guys.

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    May 11, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    I'm in the middle of the strength foundation workout...week six and things are going very well.

    However, I encountered a problem with the seated reverse flys. Ordinarily you are supposed to sit with your feet together, but I still have enough of a stomach that I couldn't get the form correct. In order to bend that low, I had to separate the knees and I felt that threw the form of the exercise completely off. If I do a standing version of that same exercise, will I still get roughly the same benefit? I mean, I know they work basically the same muscle group, but since this program is "designed" I don't want to deviate too far from the prescribed workout plan.

    Any advice?
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    May 11, 2010 6:51 PM GMT
    Careful with your back. Flexing the spine forward while stressing it with weights is never a good idea. That way lies lumbar disc degeneration and even herniation.
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    May 11, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
    My general rule is if you can’t do it properly or it hurts to do it…DON’T
    There are plenty of other machines and or exercises that can accomplish what you want without the damage.
    Oh…thanks viveutvives for the link (Eric Cressey "shoulder savers") you provided on another post; have increased my bench lift significantly.

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    May 11, 2010 9:59 PM GMT
    If you're doing this in the gym, grab a bench that inclines, lie face down on the bench, then do the reverse flys. That will completely eliminate the stress on your lower back.
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    May 11, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    Or you can try substituting them with reverse flyes on the pec deck (sitting while facing the machine).
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    May 11, 2010 10:44 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIf you're doing this in the gym, grab a bench that inclines, lie face down on the bench, then do the reverse flys. That will completely eliminate the stress on your lower back.

    Thank you for this. I am going to try it tomorrow and see how it works for me.