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Old 09-09-2010, 11:04 PM   #1
Mark Kosmowski
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incline / decline bench press

If one is already working (flat) bench press, overhead standing press and dips, do the incline and decline bench presses have benefit?
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Old 09-10-2010, 06:16 AM   #2
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Re: incline / decline bench press

Some people believe that the incline has a benefit for people whose sports involve upper-body engagement at an angle between straight overhead, and straight out from the chest. For example football linemen or shotputters. If you're already benching and pressing overhead, you're likely to get negligible if any additional benefits from incline pressing.

Decline benching is seven kinds of bad idea. There's a reason some folks call it "guillotine bench". The same argument might be made for the decline as the incline, but likewise, if you're benching and dipping, there's likely little additional benefit, and the risk of injury is higher.
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Old 09-10-2010, 09:08 AM   #3
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Re: incline / decline bench press

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If one is already working (flat) bench press, overhead standing press and dips, do the incline and decline bench presses have benefit?
Rip pushes the incline as a good accessory lift, he isn't big on the decline press.
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Old 09-10-2010, 10:18 AM   #4
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Re: incline / decline bench press

One benefit to the decline bench is if you are tall it shortens the range of motion allowing for heavier lifts and greater gains. I found this out when I did the Muscle and Fiction routines. It did work to increase my flat bench work. I am not sure as to the exact benefits though as I hit flat bench hard as well. Being 65 my bench press has always lagged behind other muscle groups.
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:45 AM   #5
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Re: incline / decline bench press

If your goal is to put on muscle, then incline bench is definitely a useful exercise
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:48 AM   #6
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Re: incline / decline bench press

Cycle one of the two into your training for six weeks or so, and see how it goes. Then drop that one and try the other exercise. Then you have a pretty good idea of how well they will work for you.
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Old 09-10-2010, 01:08 PM   #7
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Re: incline / decline bench press

Both exercises can be used for variety in your training.
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