Best Overall Chest Development Excercise
03-28-2006 06:52 PM
I didnt see decline press?? I feel this is the best overall chest exercise. The angle alone takes a lot of shoulder out of it and places the stress on the chest.
05-11-2006 09:39 PM
Incline Dumbbell presses are excellent, pullovers are good as well i don't see that on there. And parallel bar dips aggrivate my one shoulder so i never got a good crack at them, i do use the hammer strength seated dip machine though and it's great for tri's. I've never seen the v-bar for dips though. Also flat dumbbell presses on a stability ball are KILLER, just started these lately and they give you and a larger range of motion, plus your abs get hit hard as well. You'll be pressing a little less than normal though.
05-17-2006 02:06 PM
incline dumbell, and moderately heavy flyes.. are what i do for my chest workout. i refuse to use BB anymore. unless i need to change up my workout, and then i just do it for about two weeks or so... i find my shoulder give out, way too early with incline BB... plus i'm a solitary Bodybuilder... i can go heavy with dumbells and not worry about the bar falling on me..
05-18-2006 10:59 PM
decline dumbell shows the highest EMG rating of muscle involvement. something like 93% flat barbell was 90, i think. all these guys saying incline, its the lowest chest muscle fibre recruiter.
06-06-2006 11:00 PM
I do agree that decline will build your chest fast but i find that it can give your chest that droopy look if your not careful.
06-25-2006 03:04 PM
Quick question....I read about 3 weeks ago that for the first 6 years of arnolds training he hit chest every 48 hours....my chest has always been so small compared to everything else I started just doing incline db 100lb x 8 reps for 4 sets then incline BB for 3 sets then fit in light flat bench for 3 sets finishing with a fly routine...my chest was getting great pumps for a few weeks and was actually starting to grow a little when I was hitting chest every 48 hours but now I'm getting worried because my chest isnt getting sore anymore and I feel that my chest is just used to this routine and expects what I'm about to do to it....I dont want to stop doing incline though because I have absolutely no upper chest....maybe I'm over training...I just want to have that sore feeling again like I actually wripped some muscle....any advise? what could I do to shock my muscles? Also what do people think about wide grip vs. narrow grib when benching...which grip builds the chest the best??? Thanks!
07-14-2006 01:23 PM
Most people say a wide grip is better for hitting the chest because the closer your hands are, the more the movement involves the triceps.
08-07-2006 11:57 AM
Originally Posted by somewhatgifted
Where can I find further info about these EMG ratings?
08-07-2006 07:27 PM
Ill look around, im sure it was a study i read about im MD.
Originally Posted by Lanbane
08-07-2006 08:55 PM
08-07-2006 09:08 PM
TeenBodybuilding.com - Mark Raineri - EMG Studies Show Best Exercises!
Heres a link to some EMG results, turns out i was only half right about my previous statement, decline dumbell is the best but incline was surprisingly second when using dumbells. Glad ive rectified this for my own usage as well, some other good EMG info for other body parts too.
09-01-2006 02:15 PM
incline dumbells always works too much shoulders for me? Maybe its technique?
09-07-2006 06:27 AM
incline db press and flyes, then flat barbell
10-30-2006 10:22 PM
Training Article of the Week
-Electromyographical Research and Maximum Muscle Fiber Stimulation
(Eric Knight B.A. Hon. Kinesiology, CPT)
Electromyographical (EMG) Research is an essential research tool allowing
physiologists to determine the role of muscles during specific movements. EMG is
a scientific method of measuring the level of excitation. This is done by
placing electrodes over your body and recording the level of muscle activity
induced by an exercise. A study was conducted to find which exercises cause the
greatest amount of activity within each muscle group and, as a consequence,
determine which exercises will produce the greatest gains in mass and strength.
This study was conducted by Tudor O. Bompa, PhD & Lorenzo J. Cornacchia. Both
men and women were used in the sudy and all subjects had at least two years
experience with resistance training.
Here are the results of that study:
(100% would signify maximum muscle fiber stimulation)
Decline dumbbell bench press ----------------93%
Decline bench press, Olympic bar(OB)---------89
Push-ups between benches --------------------88
Flat dumbbell bench press -------------------87
Flat bench press (OB) -----------------------85
Flat dumbbell flyes --------------------------84
Incline dumbbell bench press ----------------91%
Incline bench press (OB) --------------------85
Incline dumbbell flyes -----------------------83
Incline bench press (smith machine) ---------81
10-31-2006 01:25 AM
so Decline movements are the best?
10-31-2006 06:07 AM
Hit the muscle from every angle, decline, incline and flat. End with some fly's and everyone is happy
10-31-2006 09:18 PM
This is my training philosophy exactly, This information is crucial in justifying max chest strength with minimal assistance campared to other planes of movement. I start with flat/decline but if upper chest was my weakness id prioritize the lacking area. Makes more sense to fatigue the target muscle more than the supporting cast.
Originally Posted by jminis
10-31-2006 10:22 PM
Interesting though that flyes are about the same as flat olympic bar bench. Wish they would've tried chest dips. I love dips.
11-22-2006 07:37 PM
Keeping your chest routinue fresh is what works best. I've gone through periods where the declined barbell press was the best but now find I get the best results from the inclined barbell press.
I use a two week period were the first week I would do inclined barbell followed by flat dumbell and then maybe some flies. Week two I would do declined barbell followed by inclined dumbell etc and go from there. I just never found flat barbell to do anything for me.
12-29-2006 10:16 AM
There is no single best chest developement exercise. Thats rediculous to even try to answer what it would be. Your chest is made up of several different muscles that are directly stimulated by several different exercises. When all those exercises are effectively intertwined, with PERFECT FORM, that is your best chest developer.
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