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« on: May 13, 2016, 07:34:38 PM »

So I've always been doing flat bench presses Dumbell and barbell. Flyes also done ONa flat bench. The last two years I switched to incline Dumbbells and flyes under the impression that I may be damaging my shoulders by doing flat bar presses. I always get my chest pumped doing flat presses but since I switched to incline -nada. Last week I switched to a flat bench with bar and finished off with flat flyes and a day later I still have that armour plate feeling. Maybe I respond better to flat presses. I'm going to go back to flats for awhile
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2016, 08:02:57 PM »

So I've always been doing flat bench presses Dumbell and barbell. Flyes also done ONa flat bench. The last two years I switched to incline Dumbbells and flyes under the impression that I may be damaging my shoulders by doing flat bar presses. I always get my chest pumped doing flat presses but since I switched to incline -nada. Last week I switched to a flat bench with bar and finished off with flat flyes and a day later I still have that armour plate feeling. Maybe I respond better to flat presses. I'm going to go back to flats for awhile

It looks like you already know this, but you should do what works for you.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 04:57:34 AM »

So I've always been doing flat bench presses Dumbell and barbell. Flyes also done ONa flat bench. The last two years I switched to incline Dumbbells and flyes under the impression that I may be damaging my shoulders by doing flat bar presses. I always get my chest pumped doing flat presses but since I switched to incline -nada. Last week I switched to a flat bench with bar and finished off with flat flyes and a day later I still have that armour plate feeling. Maybe I respond better to flat presses. I'm going to go back to flats for awhile
If you have not done an exercise for a long period of time and do it again you will feel it. Drop chins for two years(or even 6-8 weeks) then do them see how you feel. I do not think itīs a case of the exercise or the muscle Group being important but rather a new stimulus. Run 3 miles for a long time on a running track then do it cross country..it will make a difference.
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« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2016, 10:58:38 AM »

The higher the incline, from the flat bench position, the more the delt's  come into play.  The lower the decline, from  the flat bench position, the more the pec's come into play. Though, in either case, the delts and pec's still are involved in the exercise load, perhaps to a lower degree depending of the bone length, leverage and muscle inserts for each lifter.

With inclines, the delt-pec tie-in becomes more pronounced. The risk of shoulder joint injury tends to be reduced a bit also. The declines are more akin to dips, reason the pec's receives a good deal of involvement. (my personal choice would be dips..anytime, over declines)

If choosing the flat bench version, a three grip position in a chest workout has worked well with many a trainee, as a change of pace from the regular chest programs.

Example when working the flat bench presses. A warmup would be advised. Might suggest a spotter also.

1...extra wide grip, elbows out, lowering the bar to the upper chest/neck area. Not going to use an extra heavy weight, more in the moderate range, and going for a rep range of 12-15. Favorite of many 70's BB'ers. If having longer arms, like me, than a collar to collar grip is ideal.

2...Middle grip (little wider than shoulder width), lowering to the center of the chest. This is pure BB'ing, so touching the chest each rep is advised, with a slight lockout at the top position.. You want control of the bar it's self. 8-10 reps

3...close grip ..hand about 8 to 12 inches apart. Lower the bar to the lower rib box/upper abs. Try keeping the elbows closer to the body at all times. Don't want them any wider out, which can put too much stress on the wrist and elbows.  8-10 reps.

Including an option exercise, your choice. Using a very close grip...4-6 inches and just do rapid lockouts from about 12 inches. Tends to strengthen the ligaments and tendons around the elbows/triceps. A couple of sets should do.

Would suggest 2 or 3 sets each benching grip position. That would be 9 sets of max total reps. Try not doing any other direct chest movements when doing this.  This protocol also works well with chinning and BB curls. Even squats, with a three position foot spacing. ..extra wide, middle and close. Doesn't seem to work that well with steeper inclines, for me anyway. If for anyone else, go for it.

Good Luck..
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2016, 03:38:23 PM »

Reg Park mentioned in an article that he hit various parts of his chest by where he lowered the bar to.

If he wanted to hit upper chest, he lowered the bar to the upper chest.  Middle chest, lower to the middle,etc.

He said this was what did it for him, rather than doing incline presses for upper chest and so on.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2016, 02:42:35 AM »

So I've always been doing flat bench presses Dumbell and barbell. Flyes also done ONa flat bench. The last two years I switched to incline Dumbbells and flyes under the impression that I may be damaging my shoulders by doing flat bar presses. I always get my chest pumped doing flat presses but since I switched to incline -nada. Last week I switched to a flat bench with bar and finished off with flat flyes and a day later I still have that armour plate feeling. Maybe I respond better to flat presses. I'm going to go back to flats for awhile

You should never ever skip incline bench press or incline flyes. Upper chest is what makes the chest look good and bulky. So do flat and incline bench on the same training.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2016, 01:31:41 AM »

Theres a pretty big genetic factor when it comes to upper pec... you have it or you dont..
ive also never seen a natural guy with a full upperchest.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2016, 05:20:48 PM »

Theres a pretty big genetic factor when it comes to upper pec... you have it or you dont..
ive also never seen a natural guy with a full upperchest.

Send me the drugs so that I too can have full upper pecs.
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2016, 04:39:45 PM »

Theres a pretty big genetic factor when it comes to upper pec... you have it or you dont..
ive also never seen a natural guy with a full upperchest.

Charles Atlas had an exercise for upper chest: Push Ups with your legs elevated.
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