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    Has anyone decided to just do touch and go instead of comp bench while running the BBM templates? I'm considering it. I don't compete and probably will not anytime soon. should I just start doing touch and go instead?
    Last edited by fractured55; 04-15-2019, 12:27 AM.

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    That decision is entirely up to you. The whole point of practicing the pause is because the pause is involved in the "test", i.e. the meet. If you have no test involving the pause, there's no need to practice the pause, or even barbell bench press for that matter.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by DylanKittrellCPT View Post
      That decision is entirely up to you. The whole point of practicing the pause is because the pause is involved in the "test", i.e. the meet. If you have no test involving the pause, there's no need to practice the pause, or even barbell bench press for that matter.
      that's a bit extreme wouldn't you say? I have my reasons as to why I train. no need to devolve it into it being pointless because I choose not to compete.

      I'm just curious if I would benefit more from the pause than say touch and go. if its just a matter of practice for a competition I don't see why I would necessarily not be able to supplement the movement with touch and go instead.

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      • ozneil
        ozneil commented
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        I think you misunderstood DylanK's point. If you're not competing (doing the test) then you should train however you want to train, there's no context for a right answer once you take away the test.

      • fractured55
        fractured55 commented
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        my OP didn't contain the main reason for the question. I'm running a template. and since I don't compete thought I would just do touch and go instead of a pause.

    • #4
      I never said your training needed to be pointless. To the contrary, the "point" of your training (your "reasons") should dictate how you train. In other words, what are your goals? If it's not to compete in a barbell sport, or compete in anything at all, then your arsenal is endless in terms of exercise selection and there is nothing at all about barbells that make them universally preferable irrespective of individual preference. If you enjoy barbells then train with barbells. But choosing to not train with barbells is ok and doesn't mean that your training has devolved in any sense or that its now pointless. I hope I'm being clear.

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      • fractured55
        fractured55 commented
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        I realized I wasn't clear to point out that I was running a BBM template which requires me to do comp bench. so sorry the question was the issue not your answer. if anything you comment was entirely justifiable. I've since edited the original post.

        thanks for the initially response.
        Last edited by fractured55; 04-15-2019, 12:28 AM.

    • #5
      Hi, As has been said, you can do whatever you want and I don't think your training will be significantly negatively impacted.

      Personally though, i think of all the bench variations (touch & go, comp, spoto, incline, etc) as distinct and valuable. I really like the comp bench because it forces me to slow down, concentrate on form, and eliminates any rebound/bounce. For these reasons, I think comp bench is harder than touch & go, so I keep it in my programs.

      btw, i like your profile image. I got kicked out of a molly hatchet concert in '88 or '89 for being too rowdy.
      Last edited by sjalbrec; 04-15-2019, 10:30 PM.

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