Flat Bench vs. Incline Bench

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  1. Flat Bench vs. Incline Bench


    Which should be stronger?

    I have been told that your flat bench should be stronger than your incline, but I am the other way around.

    Which would generate more size?


  2. I don't think i've ever met anyone with a legit stronger incline over flat bench but I don't exactly know a whole lot of lifters and know their lift maxes either.
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  3. I agree with Jay my flat is much stonger than incline

  4. I used to be equivalent until I learned how to bench "appropriately"; ie elbows tucked, back arched, body tense. Then my flat took off and my incline stuck, as my shoulders say "no F'in way" to more weight.

  5. Incline utilizes a lot of shoulders while the flat uses alot of back, if you lats are weak and you have strong shoulders it's possible to have a stronger incline, but your flat should be stronger. Like Enigma said, proper technique will make a huge difference, on the incline it's not as easy to get the whole body involved, it's a lot more isolatory.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by Basso
    on the incline it's not as easy to get the whole body involved, it's a lot more isolatory.
    Especially in commercial gyms on high inclines. I tried to drive my legs when using an incline that wasn't bolted down and the damn thing slid out from under me.lol

  7. Well flat will kill your shoulders. But decline is ( should be ) your weakest, Flat strongest, Incline med . But I focus on Incline b/c it develops the chest best.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by dirtysouthmuscl
    Well flat will kill your shoulders. But decline is ( should be ) your weakest, Flat strongest, Incline med . But I focus on Incline b/c it develops the chest best.
    I actually find my decline to be my strongest, then my flat, and my incline being the weakest

  9. Decline will typically be the strongest due to less range of motion and a lot more back involvement. If you have really good PLing form on the the flat, your flat will be the strongest because you can get the whole body involved.

  10. Maybe I don't have such good form on my flat.... over the summer, I was hitting 275 for 3 reps on incline and could only hit that same weight on flat 1 or 2 times.

    For a while though I did focus a lot on my upper chest and shoulders... maybe I just got too far along with them.

  11. My incline press is stronger than my flat press. I rarely use barbells and stick with dumbells for the most part. About 5 years ago I made an effort to enhance my upper chest....thus, I would usually start my chest workouts with inclines. Now, I just alternate every other workout. I can get 10 reps with the 100 lb dumbells on the incline while only getting 8 reps on the flat. Not sure what this means, but I could care less......my Pecs look great so I am happy!

    Gumbo

  12. I've noticed a few things. When I work out with dumbells for awhile, Then swap to barbell I lose alot of power. Same thing vice-versa. I guess The same is said for Incline to Flat. But everything I've every read Incline or tried . Incline is KING for the chest. Flat makes thick pecs, but Incline Makes thick square pecs.

  13. Anybody ever done incline CG bench..?

  14. Quote Originally Posted by dirtysouthmuscl
    Well flat will kill your shoulders. But decline is ( should be ) your weakest, Flat strongest, Incline med . But I focus on Incline b/c it develops the chest best.

    Huh, everyone I know has stronger declines than their flats. I don't think there is really a "should" in the equation. Either you have predominant shoulders which would help your Incline, or you are like 90% of the training population and have stronger Flats and even stronger Declines due to the shortened range of movement.

  15. I have to agree with Ubi on this one... I've only met one person who had a stronger incline than flat, and most of the people I have had the (dis)pleasure of watching them lift, don't do decline movements (or correct form on the flat and incline.. but I digress). But everyone I know who properly does all three, goes from Decline to flat to incline (strong to weak).

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  16. Quote Originally Posted by Ubiquitous
    Huh, everyone I know has stronger declines than their flats. I don't think there is really a "should" in the equation. Either you have predominant shoulders which would help your Incline, or you are like 90% of the training population and have stronger Flats and even stronger Declines due to the shortened range of movement.
    I guess I miss quoted my self( should be ) .As for range of motion , I know some people who use a super wide grip on flat that makes them stronger. Due to ROM. And then on decline a closer grip , same on Inclie a closer grip . Which gives a greater ROM and means weaker press. When I do my decline I co to my neck not my lower pec . Its created a greater pec for me. I know most peple go to lower pec making a shorter ROM , mine adds about 5 " to the press.Making me wearker. But Everything is not for everyone.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by dirtysouthmuscl
    I guess I miss quoted my self( should be ) .As for range of motion , I know some people who use a super wide grip on flat that makes them stronger. Due to ROM. And then on decline a closer grip , same on Inclie a closer grip . Which gives a greater ROM and means weaker press. When I do my decline I co to my neck not my lower pec . Its created a greater pec for me. I know most peple go to lower pec making a shorter ROM , mine adds about 5 " to the press.Making me wearker. But Everything is not for everyone.

    Are you saying you go down to your throat when you do decline? That seems like it would put alot of forearm/bicep into the lift. I can't imagine trying that with a couple plates on there.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by MakaveliThaDon
    Are you saying you go down to your throat when you do decline? That seems like it would put alot of forearm/bicep into the lift. I can't imagine trying that with a couple plates on there.
    I go to the adams apple . It takes alot of focus and form. but I tell you once you get your form and grip figured out It feels great. I use a grip a little closer than my flat bench grip. If you look at a muscle chart and look at the direction the pecmuscles over lap it made more sense to me.

  19. I dont Flat BP.
    I agree with Dorian Yates philosphy he says,The way its positioned Its too easy to tear your pec and too much front delts into play.

    He also says too much Incline like most 35-45 degree Incline stations also place to much stress upon the deltoids. He recommends 30 degree incline or less. a slight incline.
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  20. As I have gotten older, my incline has increased and has gotten amazingly closer to my FB. THe craziest part is that my seated press has gone up by leaps and bounds, while flat always stayts the same

  21. I can't even do flat press's due to osteolysis.... but I'm incline pressing 365... wish I could do flat and decline

  22. Osteolysis can involve getting an artificial part right in your case a artificial shoulder is that right and do you have an artificial Shoulder?
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  23. I can actually press the same on my flat and incline. I focus more on my incline press more than flat tho. Declines, hahaha who does those? i would rather do dips and DB pullovers.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by BLOODZ View Post
    I can actually press the same on my flat and incline. I focus more on my incline press more than flat tho. Declines, hahaha who does those? i would rather do dips and DB pullovers.
    I agree w/the decline comment. It's a WASTE of space.....DIP IT!!!!

  25. Decline dumbell presses supersetted with dips work well for me.
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  26. The incline bench press is an unnecessary exercise. It focuses on development of a muscle group hit appropriately with flat benches alone. They are hard on the shoulders.

    Here is a study:

    This experiment investigated the effects of varying bench inclination and hand spacing on the EMG activity of five muscles acting at the shoulder joint. Six male weight trainers performed presses under four conditions of trunk inclination and two of hand spacing at 80% of their predetermined max. Preamplified surface EMG electrodes were placed over the five muscles in question. The EMG signals during the 2-sec lift indicated some significant effects of trunk inclination and hand spacing. The sternocostal head of the pectoralis major was more active during the press from a horizontal bench than from a decline bench. Also, the clavicular head of the pectoralis major was no more active during the incline bench press than during the horizontal one, but it was less active during the decline bench press. The clavicular head of the pectoralis major was more active with a narrow hand spacing. Anterior deltoid activity tended to increase as trunk inclination increased. The long head of the triceps brachii was more active during the decline and flat bench presses than the other two conditions, and was also more active with a narrow hand spacing. Latissimus dorsi exhibited low activity in all conditions.
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  27. Quote Originally Posted by kingk0ng View Post
    The incline bench press is an unnecessary exercise. It focuses on development of a muscle group hit appropriately with flat benches alone. They are hard on the shoulders.

    Here is a study:

    This experiment investigated the effects of varying bench inclination and hand spacing on the EMG activity of five muscles acting at the shoulder joint. Six male weight trainers performed presses under four conditions of trunk inclination and two of hand spacing at 80% of their predetermined max. Preamplified surface EMG electrodes were placed over the five muscles in question. The EMG signals during the 2-sec lift indicated some significant effects of trunk inclination and hand spacing. The sternocostal head of the pectoralis major was more active during the press from a horizontal bench than from a decline bench. Also, the clavicular head of the pectoralis major was no more active during the incline bench press than during the horizontal one, but it was less active during the decline bench press. The clavicular head of the pectoralis major was more active with a narrow hand spacing. Anterior deltoid activity tended to increase as trunk inclination increased. The long head of the triceps brachii was more active during the decline and flat bench presses than the other two conditions, and was also more active with a narrow hand spacing. Latissimus dorsi exhibited low activity in all conditions.
    DAMN...YOU are DUMB!!!
    ALL bench pressing movements are hard on the delts! Especially on heavy lifts,because individuals tend to bring the bar in closer to their shoulders subconsciously to adapt to the heavy load instead of keeping it at or just above nipple level.

    You are making a TOTAL ass of yourself!!!
    Congrats!

    Here's a study...MOST Americans thought obama would be a good president too

    After YEARS&YEARS,stacked upon YEARS of INCLINING,it has been declared on this 5th day of FEB. 2010,the tried and true exercise is useless

    As a matter of fact....My local programming was just interrupted to bring me this earth shattering news

  28. DECLINE STRONGEST/SHORTEST DISTANCE MOVED
    INCLINE WEAKEST / LONGEST DISTANCE MOVED
    FLAT IN THE MIDDLE
    THE FURTHER DISTANCE YOU MOVE A WEIGHT THE HARD IT IS

  29. Quote Originally Posted by H8dook View Post
    DAMN...YOU are DUMB!!!
    ALL bench pressing movements are hard on the delts! Especially on heavy lifts,because individuals tend to bring the bar in closer to their shoulders subconsciously to adapt to the heavy load instead of keeping it at or just above nipple level.

    You are making a TOTAL ass of yourself!!!
    Congrats!

    Here's a study...MOST Americans thought obama would be a good president too

    After YEARS&YEARS,stacked upon YEARS of INCLINING,it has been declared on this 5th day of FEB. 2010,the tried and true exercise is useless

    As a matter of fact....My local programming was just interrupted to bring me this earth shattering news
    Read the ****ing study, dumbass. The incline press applied more pressure to the shoulders than it did the pec, the flat bench worked the compromise of both heads better.

    And what does Obama have to do with anything? You are bringing him up in bodybuilding posts.
    Former Marine, UT-BSN, NSCA-CPT, NASM-CPT, CSCS

  30. Quote Originally Posted by kingk0ng View Post
    Read the ****ing study, dumbass. The incline press applied more pressure to the shoulders than it did the pec, the flat bench worked the compromise of both heads better.

    And what does Obama have to do with anything? You are bringing him up in bodybuilding posts.
    You honestly believe ANYONE is gonna take that ADVICE an quit INCLINING????
    Do you think tomorrow all gyms in the world will remove their incline benches due to your study???
    You are making a "big splash" trying to prove you are smart....NOT working too well though!!!

    The obama reference is proof positive that ANYONE can do a study...Doesn't make it right...DUMBASS!!!

    Here's a concept....SHUT THE FUK UP and read and learn before you jump in trying to prove your smarts,or better yet,lack thereof.

    Let's have a poll here at AM.....How many members will QUIT doing inclines now because nurse dum-dum has presented a "study?"
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