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Old 09-17-2007, 05:00 PM   #1
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Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

I'm looking around for a facility besides my garage, and I found a spot, and it looks like it's going to work out pretty stinkin' sweet actually. One thing though is, the owner wants to do incline benches, of which I don't have one.

Now, my thought is, for $200, if that's all I have to do to use this space, then I'm all for it.

But, what is the CF take on incline bench workouts? I've NEVER seen one done, but then again, I've never seen one-legged jumps in "short track speedskating position" as part of a WOD either, even though I've incorporated them into mine from time to time.

Would incline benches be of any benefit over regular benches? Me personally, I think doing thrusters, shoulder press, and bench press should cover that range, but who am I to say, I'm not certified.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:35 PM   #2
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

Here's a suggestion... if he absolutely must have a bench for inclines, get an adjustable bench, that way you can use it for bench press also...if you have a squat rack, no need for the incline bench setup... my 2 cents
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:38 PM   #3
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

There are occasionally BPs in CF WODs and I often prefer to substitute inclines for the flat bench whenever they come up. Personally, I think that incline fits more with the CF mentality than flat bench. It simulates an actual pushing motion far more than a regular bench. From my limited understanding, even the football players consider flat bench to be something of a mediocre indicator of true push strength. How often, in a real world situation, are you ever pushing on something with your arms perpendicular to your torso?

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Old 09-18-2007, 02:49 AM   #4
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

There's nothing wrong with it. I personally wouldn't use it as a staple exercise, but I wouldn't over think it's inclusion either.
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Old 09-18-2007, 12:13 PM   #5
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

Incline bench (15 deg or so) above parallel is actually a pretty good "upper chest" stimulator. But yeah, nothing wrong with doing bench press or anything as it is a great measure of upper body pushing strength.

It's just that there's generally more useful exercises like you said. :P
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Old 09-18-2007, 02:21 PM   #6
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

Maybe you could talt him into weighted dips instead
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:14 PM   #7
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

Which one of you is the trainer? It's not a crime to do incline bench presses and you could even work them into a CrossFit style workout. However, the big question is why is he dictating how you are training him? Perhaps he should let the trainer call the shots on how to make him stronger.
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

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Which one of you is the trainer? It's not a crime to do incline bench presses and you could even work them into a CrossFit style workout. However, the big question is why is he dictating how you are training him? Perhaps he should let the trainer call the shots on how to make him stronger.
Because he owns the joint, and I just met him yesterday, so I haven't developed enough rapport with him to say "dude, you don't need that, just watch" without risking losing the opportunity for "free" gym space.
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:30 AM   #9
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

Maybe you need to examine his workout goals.

Incline Bench is staple of a lot of Body Building routines and probably should be. Maybe his goal is to look like Arnold or Franco. Flat, incline and decline bench. Dips are great for Lower pecs and tri's. The book of Arnold (his body building bible) recs doing incline benchs from the beginning of your bodybuilding routines.

The "I only work out my chest crowd" at the macro gym I go to avoids inclines like they are devil. They all have that rounded out boxed look from not doing enough backwork and their pecs are low and sagging pec look.
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Old 09-20-2007, 06:18 AM   #10
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Re: Guy I'm training wants an incline bench (I know, I know...)

If I were him (or me) I'd want one of these too (W/F/S):

http://www.amazon.com/Ironmaster-Sup...sporting-goods

A good, practical bench should satisfy all.
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