10-28-2004, 03:40 PM #1Member
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Do you need to do decline presses?
Well, what about decline dumbell and barbell presses? Are they necessary to do or could I get away with just flat presses? I know they help build the lower chest but I'm not a competing bodybuilder I just want a big strong chest. So do I have to do them or could I just do flats?
10-28-2004, 03:55 PM #2
Unnecessary, in my opinion. You can have a well balanced chest without any decline movements.
10-28-2004, 04:10 PM #3
i never do it, i have a few times, didnt do much, couldnt tell nada... just a pain in the ass to get set up and done
10-28-2004, 05:04 PM #4Anabolic Member
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I do them but not quite as much as say inclines. My opinion is to blast the chest from all angles and that includes declines. But the best reason for doing them is you can do a higher weight compared to flat's/inclines as your range of movement is less. At least for myself I can lift much more heavier therefore I do them..
10-28-2004, 05:30 PM #5
My opinion is that Declines are optional...I personally prefer weighted dips for lower chest. I have tried both and dips just give better results for me...
10-28-2004, 08:01 PM #6
I have read that your lower chest is being used when you do any regular chest press...its not being hit big time as if you were doing declines, but its worked enough where you shouldnt really need to hit that specific area, as the case for upper chest is different, where you need to hit that specific area. The only thing that would be good for lower chest is dips because it brings out a nice shape to your overall chest development.
10-28-2004, 08:14 PM #7
IMO u dont need to but if i were u i would deff. do some incline dumbells incline builds the upper portion of ur chest and thats what makes it huge also if u dont wanna do decline i would recomend doing some lower cable cross overs just to hit that lower chest a lil bit so do flat bench/incline dumbells and lower cable cross overs... good luck bro
10-28-2004, 08:16 PM #8
This is the thing you gotta look at. You chest is made up of 2 muscles Pectoralis major and Pectoralis minor. Any and ever chest excerise works your Pectoralis major even incline presses to an extent just putting more emphases on your Pectoralis minor. You dont need to do incline for this reason.. If anything dips are better but you dont even need to do those. IMO
10-29-2004, 07:26 AM #9
never use it, u use it while on flat bench anyway,
10-29-2004, 07:30 AM #10
I do decline a few times a year. I don't think they're necessary to build a quality chest. Flat and incline should be the concentration.
10-29-2004, 09:22 AM #11
EMG shows that the greatest amount of motor unit recruitment in the pectoralis major is achieved by doing decline DB bench, followed by decline BB bench.
10-29-2004, 09:31 AM #12
They arn't necessary in building a better chest but every now and then it wouldn't hurt to shock your system a little and hit it from a slight decline instead of flat bench. It can help to bring out your lower chest and round it a little at the bottom.
10-29-2004, 09:47 AM #13Originally Posted by Hypertrophy
Do you have a link or something to that? I would like to see that.
10-29-2004, 10:03 AM #14
i always do decline benches
but for some reason my chest doesnt have the round bit at the bottom
no matter how many declines/dips i do i just cannot get it
10-29-2004, 10:16 AM #15Member
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I rotate them in probably once or twice a month................i perfer to do weighted dips for the lower chest.......jmo
10-29-2004, 12:08 PM #16Originally Posted by Jock191
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Realize this depends on the individual, origin and insertion, grip, etc. However, I disagree with people saying decline are worthless, as they add variation to a routine. Also, anytime you change the angle of an exercise, you change the exercise. Therefore, one needs to effectively work their chest from all angles to maximize hypertrophy.
10-29-2004, 03:05 PM #17
Thanks.. I do agree with the part about them not being worthless they do some good b/c it is a change.. I just perfer dips over decline they work the chest way better IMO..
10-30-2004, 04:45 AM #18
i like declines
i get too much stress on my shoulders from dips
Last edited by G-Force; 10-30-2004 at 04:55 AM.
10-30-2004, 04:02 PM #19
Never done them. My gym doesn't have a decline bench. Otherwise I would incorporate them. Remember variety is the spice of life.
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