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Flat Bench or Incline Press?
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josh_pitts

Ontario, CAN

Which is better for overall growth?
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HamsFitness

decline if a bench has to be used:) just to add that in
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Cherry

why is the decline bench commonly considered better than the flat bench?
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Ben_R

josh_pitts wrote:
Which is better for overall growth?


Which one do you think is better Josh and why?

I've never had much growth from bench presses, flat, incline or decline.
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kurtvf

I vote flat from personal experience. I prefer the feel of inclines, they feel more natural to me.
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oneHITwonder

Cherry wrote:
why is the decline bench commonly considered better than the flat bench?


There is more range of motion on the decline bench press compared to the flat.
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henry_bordeaux

oneHITwonder wrote:
Cherry wrote:
why is the decline bench commonly considered better than the flat bench?

There is more range of motion on the decline bench press compared to the flat.




...also: the function of the pecs is to pull the upper arms down and across the body.
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josh_pitts

Ontario, CAN

Ben_R wrote:
josh_pitts wrote:
Which is better for overall growth?

Which one do you think is better Josh and why?

I've never had much growth from bench presses, flat, incline or decline.


Ive had a good experience with flat barbell bench press and for years i was lead to believe that this was the best growth producing exercise for the upper body. Ive been moving away from it sinece i have been training in a HIT fashion and following the wisdom of arthur jones.

I do need to focus more on my upper body size and strength as I begin a new routine and I was curious to see what people would say on this site. Behind neck shoulder press is my favourite "push" exercise for my upper body and when doing bench press i usually do it with and incline because it is similar to a shoulder press. ive never tried decline bench press. but anyways all thoughts would be appreciated.
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deanjones

I did flat bench for a long time and became stagnent throughout most of it. At an alarming small amount of weight too. I can press 165 x 4 and that's about it.

I switched up to incline recently and I'm liking it so far. For me, decline bothers my bad shoulder too much. Incline and flat aren't as bad for some reason... But, my numbers have been increasing steadily doing inclines. I'm sure I'll become stagnent with those soon as well. But, I think it's nice to have the anterior deltoid brought into the push a bit more since shoulders have always been my scrawniest and weakest point on my body.
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gizmo

...also: the function of the pecs is to pull the upper arms down and across the body.

Wouldn't that make flys the best exercise for developing the pecs?
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Cherry

oneHITwonder wrote:
Cherry wrote:
why is the decline bench commonly considered better than the flat bench?

There is more range of motion on the decline bench press compared to the flat.


can you explain how there is more range to it?

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mufasta

I would say that first dumbbells are better than a bar. Greater stretch and greater contraction.

I always loved

DB flat flys to
DB incline press

No rest, great intensity throughout the whole pec area. I still felt my lower chest working big time even when doing to incline press. I never like incline flys. Always felt like it put wierd pressure on the shoulders. Maybe just me.
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