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    Incline Bench And Over All Bench

    Does icline bench improve your overall falt bench

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    your just attacking a diff. part of the muscle by doing incline bench (upper pecs) but if your incline bench max increased , i dont see why your overall bench would not increase.

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    I think it would .
    You develop your chest ,thus making it stronger and bigger hence improving your bench.

    I always train with incline first as the upper chest is harder to to get it to respond or at least for me and yet it still taxes the general chest area as well

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    Interesting....like abstrack, I'd figure it would increase as your incline increased.....I have to bump this one


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    Yes but your pecs are divided into two muscle groups. Incline works the Pectoralis Minor and Decline the Pectoralis Major. Flat really isn't as specific or beneficial as some may think... it would have more effect on the Major than the Minor though.

    So... does Incline Bench improve your overall Flat Bench? Well... yes... but Decline Bench would effect more than Incline. But either way you are hitting your Pecs. And it also depends on what stage of development you are in... beginners would get more overall results.

    Plus, when you start doing a new range of motion it takes a few weeks to get used to it and being able to recruit maximum fibers - in the beginning you are not as strong as you actually are...

    Most trained athletes would be able to lift more in the Decline, Flat, then Incline - in that order. Reason being that the Pectoralis Major is a larger muscle group and the Decline and Flat hit it more directly than the Incline does... Incline hits the Minor.

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    there are a whole lot of other tangents that i could say it might not. but short answer yesit will increase your flat bench. you have to know the function of the pectoral muscles and that is to bring your shoulders closser togther. so as long as you do an excersice that does this and your weight increases of course your pecs are going to get stronger, also if your tris/delts are getting stronger too your bench is going to go up. i honestly dont believe you can totally isolate a muscle head out of a paticular group. instead work one or another to a greater degree.

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    The Incline Bench Press does work the middle/lower pectorals to a certain degree but don't accept any real noticable gains on your normal Bench from just Incline.

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    I actually attacked my incline bench with a ferocity you wouldn't believe for about 2 or three months, fully expecting my flat bench to experience a nice jump at least commensurate with that I experienced on my incline. Truth be told, however, my flat bench DECREASED when I went back for a max test. Of course, I took it to the extreme by eschewing flat bench entirely. The moral of the story then becomes: to raise your flat bench, you have to flat bench, to raise your squat, you have to squat. Simplisticly reduced, I know, but there are a great deal of movement specific factors that fall by the wayside when you attempt to increase "X" by performing "Y".

    All that being said, however, when performed in conjunction with flat benches, I believe Inclines are an excellent way to make progress on the flat bench. As a sidenote, try flat presses to the neck give you a nice kick in the ass comparable to that of inclines while keeping some of those core movement specific dynamics intact, IMO.

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    Originally posted by BigGreen
    I actually attacked my incline bench with a ferocity you wouldn't believe for about 2 or three months, fully expecting my flat bench to experience a nice jump at least commensurate with that I experienced on my incline. Truth be told, however, my flat bench DECR<a href="http://www.allsportsnutrition.com/listproducts.php?style=brand&value=EAS" target="_blank">EAS</a> ED when I went back for a max test. Of course, I took it to the extreme by eschewing flat bench entirely. The moral of the story then becomes: to raise your flat bench, you have to flat bench, to raise your squat, you have to squat. Simplisticly reduced, I know, but there are a great deal of movement specific factors that fall by the wayside when you attempt to increase "X" by performing "Y".

    All that being said, however, when performed in conjunction with flat benches, I believe Inclines are an excellent way to make progress on the flat bench. As a sidenote, try flat presses to the neck give you a nice kick in the ass comparable to that of inclines while keeping some of those core movement specific dynamics intact, IMO.
    Thanks bro thats exactliy what i was the info i was lookin for

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    Originally posted by Warrior
    Yes but your pecs are divided into two muscle groups. Incline works the Pectoralis Minor and Decline the Pectoralis Major. Flat really isn't as specific or beneficial as some may think... it would have more effect on the Major than the Minor though.

    So... does Incline Bench improve your overall Flat Bench? Well... yes... but Decline Bench would effect more than Incline. But either way you are hitting your Pecs. And it also depends on what stage of development you are in... beginners would get more overall results.

    Plus, when you start doing a new range of motion it takes a few weeks to get used to it and being able to recruit maximum fibers - in the beginning you are not as strong as you actually are...

    Most trained athletes would be able to lift more in the Decline, Flat, then Incline - in that order. Reason being that the Pectoralis Major is a larger muscle group and the Decline and Flat hit it more directly than the Incline does... Incline hits the Minor.

    Confused?
    Not confused at all thanks for the info

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