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Hopefully this message reaches Pavel, as it is an inquiry based on his writings but anyone who wishes, please chime in. From PTTP, one of the principles of strength is tension. A no brainer for most of us here, that tension is a key to maximal strength. Tension translates to lifting slowly, as explained in PTTP. Now, I am currently planning to utilize a PTTP style cycle for my bench press, however the issue is I utilize the explosive Russian bench technique as described in PTTP Professional. I presume PTTP will also work for this style lift, as a lot of Russian bench programs include high frequency bench pressing and from my understanding of the book, a lot of Russian lifters also use the explosive push-press style bench technique. Of course the descent and ascent require "some" tension, but it is definitely stated in the textbook the descent should be "loose" and the ascent explosive. This defies the PTTP principle of tension, which I don't necessarily have an issue with as this bench style has definitely been great for me. I'm just weary of how I should train it in PTTP style of lifting. Pavel also states how grinders have an unfair advantage over exploders due to the CNS fatigue, as explosive lifting will drain your adrenal glands over time. I'm mostly overthinking (happens all the time)but I just want to have this straight in my head and would love the thoughts and/or advice of others in the forum. So all in all, I wish to practice GTG with the explosive bench technique but am experiencing some dissonance in how to make it happen. Any thoughts welcome!