So, the gymbros at my gym say you shouldn't touch the bar in your chest when benching, they say its "resting" and cheating. Are they right?
>doing benches quickly is cheating too
>workout partner I cant get rid off
>currently working bench 5x5
>takes one breath
>does 5 reps so quick sometimes "accidentally" misses touching his chest
>exhales when he's finished with the set
>his head nearly exploding
>"trust me bro it's much harder doing it like this, than taking a break on your chest and exhaling after every rep. The faster you finish your set, the harder you work your muscles."
You want a full range of motion, but you don't want to bounce or rest the bar on your chest. The proper cue is to touch your shirt with the bar. This will result in the full RoM while supporting the weight with the proper muscles for the duration of the lift.