Do you do incline bench?

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  1. Artigo

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    Could someone link me a proper set up for incline? I've got standard bench down to the letter (at least far as I can get it on my own) watching Dave Tate's series several times over.. but I am unsure how to properly do incline and my shoulder somewhat hurts after doing them, however I experience no pain on regular bench.

    Second question, is it worth it?

    I'm doing madcow 5x5 Bill Starr 5x5 - Madcow Intermediate or Linear Version
     
  2. Tosa

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    Incline bench can be harder on shoulders than regular bench. It's not an exercise I really do, but much of the technique should be the same as with regular bench (Ie. arch, shoulders retracted, back tight, some amount of tucking the elbows). As for whether it's worth it, many people here prefer overhead presses to incline bench, although incline bench may be more specific to improving your bench press.
     
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    I always hit the incline.
     
  4. Flow'n

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    I have done it in the past, and will probably do it again in the future. IMO its not a crucial exercise but you can benefit from it.
     
  5. DB17

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    its a good idea, it'll help build your upper chest and your flat bench will go up in weight
     
  6. Soul Harvester

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    I never do chest without it. I used to experience shoulder pain with this once in awhile also but it's something I was able to work through. I think incline is essential for upper chest and front deltoid development. Maybe lighten the load a little and let your body aclimate to the lift and then start adding some poundage. As far as the set up, feel free to play with it a little. Sometimes I set the bench more upright and some days I lay it down a little farther, kind of changes the emphasis between chest and shoulders, mixes it up. If it hurts your shoulder use an adjustable bench and don't put so much incline on it, work your way up to a steeper incline, little easier on the shoulder.
     
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  7. Artigo

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    What is normal incline for these? 45
     
  8. Fedorable

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    not worth it, don't do them.
     
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    No.

    Overhead press.
     
  10. Flow'n

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    Is the upper chest the kickboxing muscle?
     
  11. DB17

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    by bringing the bar right to your chest it puts a lot of unnecessary strain on the shoulders you dont need to go the whole way to your chest.
     
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    That's what I have heard, a huge upper chest is crucial to kickboxing!
    Yes, imaginary board presses FTW!!!!!!
     
  13. Soul Harvester

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  14. DB17

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    i like to change the incline around all the time, 45 or 60 its all up to your own personal preference, its also a good idea to switch it up and do it with dumbells sometimes (as soul harvester said he likes)
     
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    Goddamn bodybuilders everywhere! I feel like getting my flyswatter out Raoul Duke-style - What? No! We can't stop here! This is bodybuilder country!
     
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    I havent done them in months.I see no need to, my bench has gone up without it.
     
  17. mtruitt76

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    Funny I find the incline bench to be easier on my shoulders than flat bench. In fact I replace flat bench with incline bench due to shoulder issues I was having with flat bench.
     
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    Wtf is with this everytime a thread in S&P comes up to do with any sort of exercise which isnt squat,bench,deadlift,sohp,rows a load of tards from the heavies come in and post aload of shit.

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  19. Soul Harvester

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    I'm 6'4" 235lbs, I do more than bench asshole. Guy asked for help with his situation so I gave some advice. Yours was really insightful
     
  20. SpiralOut

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    Let's see, Soul Harvester is defending use of Incline Bench, excluded from your tidy list there, and you call him a heavy and flame him? Did you read hist post, because it seems like he WAS on your side.
     

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