Any benefit to doing incline press at a 60 degree angle.

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So I bought a cheap bench, because I don't have $500 to spend right now for something top notch. The bench I got is great, but only goes up to a 60 degree incline. Now, I bought it to do incline bench presses at a 35 degree which the bench supports. I do overhead presses standing, but I was wondering if doing them at a 60 degree incline would be of any benefit, even if it's just as an accessory exercise to standing overhead press.
 
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If you’re doing incline presses at 35 degrees and overhead presses, I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to also do 60 degree presses regularly. You can always do them to change it up sometimes if you want, or to sort of bridge the gap between the incline presses and shoulder presses. The weight you use should probably in the middle of the two exercises as well. Maybe it’ll help your shoulder presses, maybe not. Maybe it’ll feel really good, maybe it won’t. Some angles just feel better to some people in my experience.
 
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What I like to do is just keep the bench flat and sit on it with no back support. It may not offer a pad to lean against but still works pretty well. At 60 degrees you are definitely hitting a lot of front delt and upper chest
 
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What I like to do is just keep the bench flat and sit on it with no back support. It may not offer a pad to lean against but still works pretty well. At 60 degrees you are definitely hitting a lot of front delt and upper chest
I did this the other day and I was surprised how difficult it was but how well it worked my shoulders. Definitely less weight than with a supported back, and even less than standing doing “strict” dumbbell presses, but it felt very good and really worked my shoulders. Sort of humbling using super light weight though haha.
 
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Something you can do that is kinda cool is a mechanical drop set. Set the bench at the highest incline, use a weight you are going to fail at at around 8 reps. Do the 8 reps to failure, drop the incline a notch and go again to failure, drop it again and repeat until you can’t drop any more. If your bench declines, do that as your last set. I found this to be very intense for my chest workout.
 
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Something you can do that is kinda cool is a mechanical drop set. Set the bench at the highest incline, use a weight you are going to fail at at around 8 reps. Do the 8 reps to failure, drop the incline a notch and go again to failure, drop it again and repeat until you can’t drop any more. If your bench declines, do that as your last set. I found this to be very intense for my chest workout.
Yes, good recommendation. This is a good way to hit chest and multiple angles and still use decent weight and get a quick workout in.

You can also do this same dropping of the incline angle for normal sets. So a set at 60, then lower it the next set, etc. This will let you keep your weight and reps up in subsequent sets as opposed to having to drop weight and/or reps as you get to later sets.
 
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Yes, good recommendation. This is a good way to hit chest and multiple angles and still use decent weight and get a quick workout in.

You can also do this same dropping of the incline angle for normal sets. So a set at 60, then lower it the next set, etc. This will let you keep your weight and reps up in subsequent sets as opposed to having to drop weight and/or reps as you get to later sets.
Yes that’s true. I’ve only done it as a drop set, basically it becomes a cluster set if you are on your own, because you have to adjust the bench yourself, but it’s kinda cool how you get stronger as the incline goes down so you can really do some cool stuff with this method.
 
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Thanks guys. Keep in mind I can't go flat, hence the incline bench. Only flat bench hurts my shoulders. All other angle don't.
 
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its basically a delt exercise. Even 45 degrees is too much . I prefer 20-35 degrees
 
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Thanks guys. Keep in mind I can't go flat, hence the incline bench. Only flat bench hurts my shoulders. All other angle don't.
Bench at any angle is a good thing. I have a separated shoulder that gets in the way of flat benching.
You’ll especially get a lot out of supersets at that angle.

Also, something you might want to try...Floor Presses.
It’s like a bench press but while laying on the floor. Look up a YouTube video or something on how to do it.
It limits the range of motion in the shoulder while still activating similar muscle groups.
 
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its basically a delt exercise. Even 45 degrees is too much . I prefer 20-35 degrees
I agree. I like even something as little as a 15deg incline. Got it from all the mountaindog stuff. Whenever I do incline all I do is fry my front delts
 
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Bench at any angle is a good thing. I have a separated shoulder that gets in the way of flat benching.
You’ll especially get a lot out of supersets at that angle.

Also, something you might want to try...Floor Presses.
It’s like a bench press but while laying on the floor. Look up a YouTube video or something on how to do it.
It limits the range of motion in the shoulder while still activating similar muscle groups.
Floor presses are great. I’m not that skilled at getting the dumbbells in my hands while on the floor by myself, so unless I have someone hand them to me I usually use a smith machine. Tends to be the fastest to set up and easiest I’ve found to manipulate
 
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Floor presses are great. I’m not that skilled at getting the dumbbells in my hands while on the floor by myself, so unless I have someone hand them to me I usually use a smith machine. Tends to be the fastest to set up and easiest I’ve found to manipulate
Try with a barbell. Roll it up and press out
 
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Try with a barbell. Roll it up and press out
I have, I prefer the smith though. I prefer pin press instead of floor press if I taking the barbell route
 
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Well, I've had way better workouts with seated incline press than standing. Less strain on the shoulders, but that's probably due to using lighter weight. I had to drop weight to do the incline press seated. Though, it seems the seat might actually be higher than 60 degree and closer to 70, but I'm not sure. The bench was cheap, so maybe the degrees are a bit off.
 

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