[quote author="davan" date="1252038363"]With the exception of people’s butts leaving the bench, these adjustments are not common for non-powerlifters and especially people not wearing suits (and don’t make the kinds of impact on numbers). Grip width and archs are hardly going to cause the increases (in non-shirted non-powerlifters) that changing squat depth only 3-4″ will (let alone more). You simply cannot go that much wider without extensive training for it (which may include using a shirt to help stabilize the shoulder girdle) and anything but minor arches are going to take significant coaching to get and again, not utilized by non-powerlifters or people training specifically for bench. On the other hand, plenty of people do have huge variations in squat depths with everything from 1/8 squats to superwide parallel squats to narrow ATG squats all being simply called “squats” without any context. You aren’t going to get those kinds of variations in bench if the person keeps their butt on the bench and they don’t have a spotter pulling the bar up.
Meh, I see people partial benching all the time. However, most people on this board probably do bench with a relative dgree of consistency, and squats may or may not be the same.[/quote]
Give me a break–I’ve been to a lot of gyms (esp. a number of commercial and college gyms) and seen a wide variety of levels and I have seen few people who are not absolute beginners do partial benches. Squats that are above parallel are standard (not to forget above ATG)–perhaps I should say above 1/4 squat.