Decline bench really needed?

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  1. Decline bench really needed?


    I usually work my chest twice a week, sunday I do 6 sets 6 reps each, 2 sets on incline, 2 decline and another 2 in flat position.
    So I'm wondering if decline is really needed because perhaps I could focus more on the other two positions and try to lift more.
    Also I'm thinking about increasing the weight and doing less reps, not sure if it's a good idea. What do you think?


  2. Quote Originally Posted by Flay View Post
    I usually work my chest twice a week, sunday I do 6 sets 6 reps each, 2 sets on incline, 2 decline and another 2 in flat position.
    So I'm wondering if decline is really needed because perhaps I could focus more on the other two positions and try to lift more.
    Also I'm thinking about increasing the weight and doing less reps, not sure if it's a good idea. What do you think?
    I would add some high and low cable fly's in there. Incline DB fly's are a personal fav of mine also. I like to stick to compound-rotary-compound-rotary.
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  3. Decline is worthless IMO... weighted dips FTW

  4. i use decline for a nice little warm up...other than that i wouldn't make them a staple exercise in your workout

  5. Quote Originally Posted by Usf97j4x4 View Post
    Decline is worthless IMO... weighted dips FTW

    i agree completely, decline is a useless exercise...in the 15 years ive been lifting i dont think ive done it once... trip had some good advice...you cant go wrong with incline fly's--- either cables or dumbbells
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  6. 100% agree with Trip... cable fly's and incline dumbell fly's are my fav!!! Such a gooooood burn... I dont think decline is completely worthless, I usually do 1 chest exercise decline in a session.

  7. I don't often do decline; it's not that important of a lift for me.

  8. No, not needed.

    Incline + Flat (DB or BB).

    You can use weighted Dips instead of bench, a better exercise (for many) that hits more muscles and from which more weight can be pushed.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Usf97j4x4 View Post
    Decline is worthless IMO... weighted dips FTW
    Word. Weighted dips works practically everything in the entire upper body. Absolutely love them.
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  10. Thx for the advice guys, I had this question on my mind for a while and should've asked sooner.
    I'll do some weighted dips intead then. I'm also gonna try some bumbell fly's instead of incline bench press.

  11. Weighted dips are the shiz. I do them once a week opposite of bench and chest day. When I was stuck on my bench for a while, I added these to my routine. Got me over a 2 year hump. Now they are a staple of mine. Here is my dip workout....

    bodyweight for 30
    45 lbs for 15
    90 lbs for 12
    135 lbs for 10
    180 lbs for 6-7
    180 lbs for 6-7
    bodyweight until failure

  12. Quote Originally Posted by drivehard View Post
    Weighted dips are the shiz. I do them once a week opposite of bench and chest day. When I was stuck on my bench for a while, I added these to my routine. Got me over a 2 year hump. Now they are a staple of mine. Here is my dip workout....

    bodyweight for 30
    45 lbs for 15
    90 lbs for 12
    135 lbs for 10
    180 lbs for 6-7
    180 lbs for 6-7
    bodyweight until failure

    That much weight would rip my shoulders outa the socket, 180 is alot lol

  13. I would have to disagree with most of you, i think decline is important. My most important chest exercise is incline which i do first while I'm fresh, after that i pick either decline or flat. I like decline more than flat bench. I feel flat focuses more on shoulders than actual chest. I always get a good pump with decline and i find it is a good burn out exercise. But you can never go wrong with the various types of flys. Its always important to continually switch up your exercises for chest with different variations and angles.

  14. I'm trying to figure out how to get 180 extra pounds underneath ya lol... Not really but 4 plates hanging from your waist hurts me thinking about it. I went as high as 3 plates for a while but didn't like the pains I started to get afterwards.

  15. Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk View Post
    I'm trying to figure out how to get 180 extra pounds underneath ya lol... Not really but 4 plates hanging from your waist hurts me thinking about it. I went as high as 3 plates for a while but didn't like the pains I started to get afterwards.
    Yup, I just use 4 plates...my gym has a good padded belt. No biggie really. Been thinking of trying two of the 100 lb. plates lately. It usually does draw attention when I do it. Actually, today is a dip day YEAH!

  16. I just started doing weighted dips, and my strength is horrible. I guess I can only do 2 45's for some reps

  17. Include me in the "they're a waste of time" category.

  18. POINTLESS ! def stick with the weighted dips there a def good way to finish your workout .... and they will get ur whole entire upper body bigger

  19. semi-close grip decline press (about an inch or two in) and decline flies are decent imo.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by Gutterpump View Post
    semi-close grip decline press (about an inch or two in) and decline flies are decent imo.
    Decline flies, when the elbows have enough arch, pretty much mimics a dip. I like decline flies too.

    Apart from that, I'd rather do dips then decline press.
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  21. did decline barbell a lot in high school football but never saw any chest development
    ..
    the only time i do decline now is on the hammer strength decline machine, normally stick to dbell incline and flat bench

    EDIT: and love the incline flys as well!
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  22. Quote Originally Posted by Usf97j4x4 View Post
    Decline is worthless IMO... weighted dips FTW
    Agreed! Specifically Gironda dips
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  23. Every exercise has its place, you just got to experiment with what works for you. If you get stronger in a movement who knows it might help you later.

  24. decline presses are good to include occasionally.

    the biomechanics of a decline press allows you to move more weight allowing you to stimulate more muscle fibers than flat or incline.
    declines involve a smaller range of motion while utilizing the lower pectoral muscles and lats to put you at your strongest positon.

    and you might be surprised by this....
    in the Barnett EMG study, the flat bench produced much more muscle fiber activation in the lower pecs than did either the decline or incline positions

  25. Quote Originally Posted by Hank Vangut View Post
    decline presses are good to include occasionally.

    the biomechanics of a decline press allows you to move more weight allowing you to stimulate more muscle fibers than flat or incline.
    declines involve a smaller range of motion while utilizing the lower pectoral muscles and lats to put you at your strongest positon.

    and you might be surprised by this....
    That makes my day, great EMG post
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  26. that is good to know.
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  27. yeah, decline almost forces people to use proper bench press form...makes them easier to use a ton more weight.

  28. There isnt actually a "middle" chest muscle, so I rarely do flyes as they seem to do nothing for me, and I was reading somewhere on T-nation that decline recruits a really decent ammount of fibers, for the past two weeks i've done incline dumbells/decline dbs, then finnished up with weighted dips

    there was a routine by Christian Thibaudeau somewhere on these forums, the thread was labled "great advice for chest and shoulders" but it had some really nice pointers/routine

  29. You are correct. Decline is actually very useful to include in your chest routine. Although flat bench is the king of all chest builders, decline allows your to depress your shoulder blades and press with only your latissimus, pectoralis, and triceps. Flat bench is so commonly done wrong that very often the anterior deltoid is overworked causing a reduction in force from the pectorals. So although flat bench is better, decline will automatically put you in the best position to benefit from a chest press movement. No wonder it's so hard, huh?

    Food for thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by willyp View Post
    I would have to disagree with most of you, i think decline is important. My most important chest exercise is incline which i do first while I'm fresh, after that i pick either decline or flat. I like decline more than flat bench. I feel flat focuses more on shoulders than actual chest. I always get a good pump with decline and i find it is a good burn out exercise. But you can never go wrong with the various types of flys. Its always important to continually switch up your exercises for chest with different variations and angles.

  30. no use unless you want saggy tits
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