Issue #8


by Juan Carlos Lopez

Campeonato Selectivo Nacional 2005 San Luis Potosi

Campeonato Selectivo Nacional 2005 San Luis Potosi Review / Reseña

Cover Model Video Interview: Karen Zaremba

Close Grip Bench Press Article and Video
by Sandy Grant

20 Questions with out Cover Model Karen Zaremba

Karen Zaremba, Kristi Wills, Dawn Principe. Nancy Hirsch and Alia Anor

Video Interview: Sherry Smith

Fitness Power by Linda Cusmano

Video Interview: Cynthia Sharp

My Journey Towards a Pro Card
Katie Szep

Video Interview: Kristi Wills

Competition Journal
by Natalie Verges

Karen Zaremba IFBB Figure Pro

Team Universe Experience
by Karen Patten

Drinking Coke
Rossella Prunetti

Close Grip Bench Press by Sandy Grant

Video Clip Models: Sandy Grant & Shausi Zike
*Please refer to the video clip for a demonstration. Exercise demonstrated with the Straight Bar.

The “Close Grip Bench Press” is a compound exercise. This exercise can be done using either a straight bar or an E-Z-Curl bar. It is a great mass building weight lifting exercise for the triceps. It is also a great way to build triceps strength, which will help increase your bench press. Bodybuilder’s use this exercise mostly for triceps mass & for added bench press strength to hit their max reps. For women or average fitness enthusiasts who do not want to put on size, this is still a great exercise to build a nice muscle base shape & provide strength needed for other chest or triceps exercises. For your specific program, just adjust the weight; sets & reps that will best suit your wanted results. This exercise is similar to the bench press but with a more narrow grip concentrating on the triceps & inner pectorals.



Beginning Position:

1. Lay lengthwise & face up on a flat bench. Ensure your feet are planted firmly on the ground & your back is flat against the bench at all times.
2. Hold the Straight Bar or E-Z-Curl Bar above your chest (similar to bench press) in an overhand fashion with your hands at shoulder length apart.

1. Keeping your elbows close to your body, lower the bar slowly to your chest. Lightly touch your chest and then press the bar back up slowly to the starting position focusing on the triceps.
2. Repeat movement.

1. Do not let the bar bounce or rest on chest when lowering the weight.
2. Keep the movement smooth & controlled at all times.
3. Have someone there to spot you as you go through the movement.
4. Focus on your triceps & inner chest.
5. Make sure you inhale as you lower the bar and exhale as you press the bar upwards.

Muscle Groups being worked
· Main Muscle: Chest (Pectoralis)
· Secondary Muscles: Triceps (Triceps Brachii)
Shoulders (Deltoids)




Video Demonstration

Part 1

Part 2


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About the Author...

IFBB Fitness Pro Sandy Grant recently competed at the Emerald Cup. Sandy brings an excellent package on stage and we hope to her competed more in 2005 and qualify for the Olympia.

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