Just wanted to bring this to light, don't know if it has been covered before.
Mark Bell is the inventor of the "Slingshot" training aid. I first saw this thing on youtube a few weeks back and wasn't sure what to think. Well, when I went to the Arnold this past weekend, I met Mark Bell, his wife, and Stan Efferding. I was talking to Stan for a little bit about how exactly the "slingshot" works, and what exactly it is supposed to do.
I won't go into all the details here, but to sum it up, it helps secure your elbows, and adds support to the elbows, shoulders, etc. which will also help improve bench press form.
I immediately was worried that it would be very similar to a bench shirt, and asked Stan if I started using this thing, would my raw bench suffer? He then told me that equipped powerlifters use it, but so do raw powerlifters, and bodybuilders. He claims that it was training with this device that finally broke his plateau on bench. He was able to bring his raw competition bench press from 550, up to 606 in the 275lbs class.
I asked if I could try it, and they told me to go for it. So I got into their booth, got on the bench they had set up, put on the "Slingshot", and gave it a go.
135x5, slow controlled and paused felt great.
225x5, slow, controlled, paused. Amazing.
275x5, slow, controlled, paused. Awesome.
The "Slingshot" did not constrict me or my form. It was not binding up and making it hard to touch the weight. It was very easy to use, and felt very similar to benching raw, accept I had absolutely NO PAIN in my shoulders, elbows, etc.
After trying it, I took it off, and immediately bought one.
For any of you who have not seen it, I will attach a few videos. This thing looks so stupid, and simple, and unimpressive, I know. I am telling you though, it will lead to the most pain free bench pressing you have ever done.