Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by spark plugs., Aug 14, 2007.
if you say incline, what degree is optimal?
just use all of said presses and mix it up every week
depends on the goal
bigger pecs and tris
yeah, but my incline press is less than my flat...so how do i keep track of my progress?
since ur goal is on size i would saaay... hmmm.. a mirror?
If you want to keep track, you can "remember" the "weight" you lifted by "writing" it down.
depends what part of your chest you want to concentrate on
incline is more upper pec (clavicular), while decline and flat is more the main pec (sternum), though you will hit all muscles heads to so degree at each angle
DB will involve more secondary/stabilizer muscles so you can do less weight typically.
the closer the grip, the more involved the tri's are, the less involved the pec's are
in the end, unless your a high level competitive BB'er who needs to target specific area's, mix up all the combo's. not only will you get good overall size, it'll keep the workouts from getting boring week in and week out.
45 degree incline
for a good chest workout i vote all of em, cycle your routine to stimulate as many different areas as possible
do all of them!
floor press ftw
push-ups with bertha on your back, for the win!
do it all. i switch off between 7 different ones (well i guess you don't have to, but i do) in each consecutive session. i'd go from flat db, to incline db, decline db, flat bb, incline bb, decline bb, dips, rinse and repeat. this will also ensure you against the popular question, why can i bb bench so much more than my db bench? it shouldn't be too much different if you switch every week.
i don't do the close/wide thing though, which only applies to bb right? maybe i should...
No way, man. Flat bench press is teh best for sure. No one ever asks you "So how much you incline?" Come on. Get with it. Flat bench is the only one you need. srsly.
if i were going for maximum weight lifting stats, i'd be concerned with that..but i'm in it for proper chest development
incline db + decline bb is probably what i'd do if i was only concerned about chest size
sorry, with OTers, you really never know.
here's another question:
is it ok to hit a body part two days in a row if you feel you didn't work it out sufficiently the previous day?
No problem. About 95% of my posts are total sarcasm and lies.
On working the same body part on back to back days, I think most people would agree that you should just work in on one day to exhaustion or failure and then give it some time to recover (at least 48 hours). Most training programs are designed to give you a day where you hammer a particular body part and then give it time to rest and recover. Almost nowhere will you see back to back days on the same body part.
agreed. i'm not trying to make it part of my routine or anything. it's just that, yesterday, i don't think i hit my chest hard enough and i don't feel like i made any progress. i'm wondering if it'd be ok to work it again today, or if i'm doing more harm than good by not letting it fully recover