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The Effect of Grip Width on Muscle Strength and Electromyographic Activity in Bench Press among Novice- and Resistance-Trained Men

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Department of Sport, Food and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Education, Arts and Sports, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, N-6856 Sogndal, Norway
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Faculty of Health and Welfare Sciences, Østfold University College, N-1757 Halden, Norway
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6444; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126444
Received: 26 May 2021 / Revised: 11 June 2021 / Accepted: 13 June 2021 / Published: 14 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resistance Training in Sport Health and Performance)
Background: This study compared the muscle activity and six repetition maximum (6-RM) loads in bench press with narrow, medium, and wide grip widths with sub-group comparisons of resistance-trained (RT) and novice-trained (NT) men. Methods: After two familiarization sessions, twenty-eight subjects lifted their 6-RM loads with the different grip widths with measurement of electromyographic activity. Results: Biceps brachii activity increased with increasing grip width, whereas wide grip displayed lower triceps brachii activation than medium and narrow. In the anterior deltoid, greater activity was observed using a medium compared to narrow grip. Similar muscle activities were observed between the grip widths for the other muscles. For the RT group, greater biceps brachii activity with increasing grip width was observed, but only greater activity was observed in the NT group between narrow and wide. Comparing wide and medium grip width, the RT group showed lower triceps activation using a wide grip, whereas the NT group showed lower anterior deltoid activation using a narrow compared to medium grip. Both groups demonstrated lower 6-RM loads using a narrow grip compared to the other grips. Conclusion: Grip widths affect both 6-RM loads and triceps brachii, biceps brachii, and anterior deltoid activity especially between wide and narrow grip widths. View Full-Text
Keywords: free weights; training status; resistance; EMG; strength free weights; training status; resistance; EMG; strength
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Saeterbakken, A.H.; Stien, N.; Pedersen, H.; Solstad, T.E.J.; Cumming, K.T.; Andersen, V. The Effect of Grip Width on Muscle Strength and Electromyographic Activity in Bench Press among Novice- and Resistance-Trained Men. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6444. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126444

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Saeterbakken AH, Stien N, Pedersen H, Solstad TEJ, Cumming KT, Andersen V. The Effect of Grip Width on Muscle Strength and Electromyographic Activity in Bench Press among Novice- and Resistance-Trained Men. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6444. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126444

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Saeterbakken, Atle H., Nicolay Stien, Helene Pedersen, Tom E.J. Solstad, Kristoffer T. Cumming, and Vidar Andersen. 2021. "The Effect of Grip Width on Muscle Strength and Electromyographic Activity in Bench Press among Novice- and Resistance-Trained Men" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6444. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126444

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