Exercise Questions | A curious question about exercise form

When visiting relatives, I joined a gym for the month I was staying.
I noticed a majority of people were doing several exercises (squats, bench, military press, etc.) with only a six inch, or so, range of motion. Using a bench press for an example, they would take the weight off the rack and lower it about six inches, then push it back to full extention.
Will someone clue me in ?? I always thought one tried for a full range of motion. Am I behind the times ??


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Personal Trainer
7/24/2008 11:16:11 AM
Maybe they training for a sport that only requires that last bit of power or range of motion. (sport specificity)

Other than that there is no good reason that I can think of. Someone chime in if they know a better one.


6 Posts
7/24/2008 10:51:34 AM
Any idea what the purpose is of lowering the weight only a few inches ?

Personal Trainer
7/24/2008 10:25:42 AM
Hi there,

The only place for that type of exercising is for breaking through a plateau. A lot of people get 'stuck' at the bottom part of a bench press so training in that area will help you work through that.

However, it is STILL EXTREMELY important to work on a complete range of motion.


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