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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Is your decline ahead of your flat bench?

    Just as the title says, Is your Decline bench stronger then your flat bench?

    I'm pretty sure that my Decline bench is higher then my regular bench.
    Is it normal for ones to decline to be stronger then their regular bench? I remember when i first started lifting about 7 months ago my decline was about 30 pounds behind my flat bench, and it has always been behind it until maybe the last couple weeks.
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    Most people can do more weight on decline. You probably started off doing more on flat because decline feels less natural and it took a while to get the hang of it.
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    In decline there is a srom.

    I can decline slightly more.
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    I bench less on decline, but I almost always do flat bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krboyd7 View Post
    In decline there is a srom.

    I can decline slightly more.
    srom= smaller range of movement??

    Back when I used to decline bench, I could do a little more than on my flat bench too.
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    same here. If I did them on different days, decline would be more, but on the rare occasion I decline, it's after I've already done flat so it's less.


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    My big fat belly sticks out more on decline so I can probably decline atleast 35 pounds more then my flat bench.

    But seriously who declines anyways?

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    What's wrong with decline benching? Everyone seems to be so negative towards it.
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    Decline benches may cause saggy/droopy-looking pecs because it often overdevelops the lower pec line., which can make the pec look more like a boob (basically, the nipple doesn't hang down, but rather seems more in the middle of the pec).

    I like using them sporadically since they're much easier on my shoulder than flat benches and dips, but once my lower pec line looks too full, I ease off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hulkinout View Post
    Decline benches may cause saggy/droopy-looking pecs because it often overdevelops the lower pec line., which can make the pec look more like a boob (basically, the nipple doesn't hang down, but rather seems more in the middle of the pec).

    I like using them sporadically since they're much easier on my shoulder than flat benches and dips, but once my lower pec line looks too full, I ease off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hulkinout View Post
    Decline benches may cause saggy/droopy-looking pecs because it often overdevelops the lower pec line., which can make the pec look more like a boob (basically, the nipple doesn't hang down, but rather seems more in the middle of the pec).

    I like using them sporadically since they're much easier on my shoulder than flat benches and dips, but once my lower pec line looks too full, I ease off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phenom View Post


    You just opened a big can of worms
    not a can of worms a bucket of worms...........

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    I'm not sure HOW it occurs, but you can usually always tell the guys who decline excessively: their nipple's nowhere near the bottom of their pec.

    I just calls 'em as I sees em. If people have differing opinions, by all means...

    That's why it's a FORUM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hulkinout View Post
    I'm not sure HOW it occurs, but you can usually always tell the guys who decline excessively: their nipple's nowhere near the bottom of their pec.

    I just calls 'em as I sees em. If people have differing opinions, by all means...

    That's why it's a FORUM.
    You didn't say it was your opinion or you witnessed this, you stated it as fact. Which is why I called you out.

    Now that you have clarified this, I see no reason to continue this. We sure don't need another one of those threads.
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    lol, so in everyones opinion should i stop declining once a week?

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    ah ****, the fires is about to start....lol


    to answer the original question i do decline in my regular exercise rotation and yeah i can decline slightly more than my flat bench, but it has a lot to do with range of motion and angle of the press, why do u think powerlifters work so hard at a good strong arch, it mimics the decline motion somewhat and places u at a stronger position to lift more


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    Quote Originally Posted by hulkinout View Post
    I'm not sure HOW it occurs, but you can usually always tell the guys who decline excessively: their nipple's nowhere near the bottom of their pec.

    I just calls 'em as I sees em. If people have differing opinions, by all means...

    That's why it's a FORUM.
    An opinion is subjective. For instance, believing that droopy nipples look bad is an opinion. It can be questioned, discussed, etc...

    Decline bench causing a part of the muscle to hypertrophy over the other parts of the muscle is however an objective statement. That statement is also false. Facts have shown the one can not train a part of a muscle.

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