Bench press

  • Timbales

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    Feb 13, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    Should you be able to bench the same amount of weight (in reps) whether you are doing a flat, inclined or declined bench press?
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    Feb 13, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    I find that I can bench more if I'm doing flat bench than I can doing decline. I can also press more if I'm doing decline than if I'm doing incline. There's about a 10- to 15-pound difference between my flat bench and incline. I tend to do flat bench more, so I just assume it has to do with stabilizers.
  • Timbales

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    Feb 13, 2009 9:53 PM GMT
    pyrotech saidI find that I can bench more if I'm doing flat bench than I can doing decline. I can also press more if I'm doing decline than if I'm doing incline. There's about a 10- to 15-pound difference between my flat bench and incline. I tend to do flat bench more, so I just assume it has to do with stabilizers.


    I'm the same way.
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    Feb 14, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    Depends on which one you're doing first. Obviously, you'll lose strength as you go through your workout.
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    Feb 14, 2009 6:23 AM GMT
    I'm the same as the guy next door.
  • Brian888

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    Feb 14, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
    My response would be no, because when a flat bench press is done correctly, your lats play a major role in how much you can lift. A decline press allows the lats to play a larger role in the lift so you can push more. On the other hand, an incline press would involve very little lat assistance. Note that when someone is trying to push an extra rep out of a set that they can't do, their back arches and the glutes come off the bench. They are taking focus off the pecs and onto the lats to finish the set. You need to have balance between a strong back and a strong chest to make gains in your bench press.