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schrebra 03-12-2013 11:37 PM

Inclined vs Regular
I've noticed that my bench hasn't been consistent with my inclined bench. Are you supposed to have a bench equal to the inclined? Because for me its about a 25% difference. Should the upper chest be just as strong as the rest of the pectoral?

Dray 03-13-2013 01:24 AM

Well I'd wait for one of the big boys to get here and answer definitively, but until then...

To the best of my understanding, no-one's incline should be equal to their flat bench, all else being equal. Biomechanically, you're at a disadvantage when pressing on an incline bench, that will get worse as you increase the incline, right on up to an overhead press.

Similar to how a front squat should probably max out at around 80% (very roughly) of your back squat max - again, all else being equal (e.g., amount of time dedicated to each, etc.)

I don't know the typical ratio for flat to incline (guess it depends on angle among other things), but anyway, I wouldn't worry about it, unless you're competing in an incline bench comp, lol. :)

edit: Oh, your incline is heavier than your flat bench? If that's the case, I'd say you've had a training imbalance maybe(?)

Soldier 03-13-2013 07:44 AM

People generally lift more on the flat bench than the incline.

brad1224 03-13-2013 09:38 AM

most people can push more weight on flat bench than incline bench so you are fine.

LtL 03-13-2013 03:04 PM

On incline bench you can't use your lats in the same way as on flat so your numbers will be lower.

northernbulk 03-13-2013 03:19 PM

Im the same way dont sweat it

getbent84 03-14-2013 10:19 AM

I think that you are fine. I lift more on the flat bench anyway:)

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