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Relaxed wrists are problematic in the bench press for two reasons:

  1. It can cause dissipation of pressing strength and power, which will make your bench press less than ideal (due to lack of stacked joints). Think about it this way; you’re not going to press a heavy rock away from you with completely relaxed wrists, why would you do the same with a barbell?
  2. It can lead to wrist pain due to incorrect stacking of joint under tension

For the recreational lifter, it’s a good idea to aim for the barbell to sit in the meat of the hands. This will allow the barbell to sit over the elbow joint when at the bottom of the movement promoting pressing efficiency.

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