Pin Presses vs. Board Presses
While pin presses have their place in, the majority of power lifters [not necessarily bodybuilders] have found a bigger carryover to their bench press with the good old-fashioned board press. The pin press is really good at allowing you to lift a tremendous amount of weight — on the pin press. It doesn't necessarily transfer to the actual full range bench press. So it's a good ego boost but not much else.
Board pressing is a good assistance exercise for longer limbed lifters and shirted benchers. Just be wary that you don't turn into a good board presser and a shitty bench presser. These people make great gains on partial lifts week after week, month after month, only to try a full range bench press on competition day and fail miserably. This is also seen on box squats and rack pulls.
Partial reps can help people, but don't center your entire program around doing half reps. You'll only get half results.
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