View Full Version : Incline vs. Flat Bench press

10-27-2008, 06:17 PM
So today I set a new PR of 280 on incline bench, which I'm very excited about, but I've only been able to achieve a PR of 300 on flat bench. Is it normal for incline to be that close to flat bench? If not, what may I be missing in my workouts? I'm working a generic westside template right now. I have the workouts posted in my journal, but I haven't updated for maybe 2 weeks.

Any advice is appreciated.

10-27-2008, 06:40 PM
My incline max is about 90% of my flat bench; you seem to be right around there too. I wouldn't worry about it, keep setting those PR's.

10-27-2008, 06:57 PM
Yeah, my incline is within 10% of my flat. I attribute my incline to my shoulder strength.

10-28-2008, 10:52 AM
Mine is usually in the 85-90% range also.

10-28-2008, 05:59 PM
Wow! When I first benched 315 in a meet (June 2006), my best incline in training was 225x3. That's maybe 240x1, so around 76%... Ouch! Looks like I have identified a major weak area.

10-28-2008, 06:09 PM
I'm at the other end of the spectrum! I flat benched 300 in a meet and inclined ~210. I have weak shoulders, but whenever I train them it totally throughs off my flat bench form.

10-29-2008, 06:47 PM
Does incline benching really help your flat? Is it = to military presses twards bringing up your flat #'s?

Eric Downey
10-29-2008, 06:55 PM
i never incline heavy but I did just do 275 for 10 and that was a incline pr for me