The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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  1. #1
    Senior Member
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    Flat Bench vs. Incline Bench

    Which of these excersies do you personally find builds a larger and fuller chest?

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  3. #2
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    Either, just working chest from different angles, IMO.
    "I tried so hard and got so far, but in the end, it doesn't even matter." - Linkin Park

  4. #3
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    Combination of flat bench, incline bench, and decline bench will give you a nice chest.

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    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
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  6. #5
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    Try them both and see which suits you best. I personally prefer a slight incline.

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    just choose a routine that allows progressive over load and stay on it.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Trying to figure this out JohnCollins's Avatar
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    Ahem. I've read that the incline press will specifically target your upper pecs, and the bench will work your middle pecs more, so it depends on what you're trying to accomplish.

    JUST KIDDDING! *ducks, covers head*
    "Only two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe." --Albert Einstein

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  9. #8
    Anger Management Flunkie Damian's Avatar
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    Yeah, it's all about finding what works for might get completely opposite results than other people. The body is a funny thing.

    From personal experience, I'd say that flat bench flyes followed by incline dumbell press are the best combo FOR ME. Then you can throw in a decline exercise to round it off.
    If it were easy, EVERYONE would look good!

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    Senior Member Ti1301's Avatar
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    Do you guys incline and decline as much as you flat bench?

  11. #10
    Mystic Eric
    Originally posted by Ti1301
    Do you guys incline and decline as much as you flat bench?

    Meh I don't really care. I just use a variety of exercises. I tend to stick with one primary exercise for a body part for a lengthy peroid of time and alter the other variables for that body part. For example, right now, I'm doing flat db bench presses first and I have been doing so for the past 4 weeks. However, the rest of my chest work out is kinda different each time. I might do incline hammer strength presses followed by cable flyes, or flat hammer strength press followed by machine flyes. It doesn't really matter to me as long as I progress. This way I can make sure I get stronger on that exercise that I'm focusing on, and then work my muscle in a different way after that.
    Last edited by Mystic Eric; 10-30-2002 at 04:41 AM.

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    I think flat bench is better for "overall" chest development. Incline hits the upper pec mainly and also brings the delts into the lift more than flat bench. I try to do both though to develop a full chest. If you have to choose one....flat bench is your best bet IMO.
    Intensity!!! Pain is weakness leaving the body!!!

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    is numero uno Saint Patrick's Avatar
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    Originally posted by fr0ng
    Combination of flat bench, incline bench, and decline bench will give you a nice chest.
    I agree. Decline is underrated IMO.
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    layin up against a dumpster in a 100 dollar jumper, smothered in southern comfort.
    I love declining. Just wish I had a consistent spotter

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    I really like decline db's and incline db's. Incline flyes also. I usually just warm up w/some light incline db presses, go to flat bb bench for working sets, then either incline or decline db press, then flyes, either flat or incline. Seems to be working.
    "Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No-one was there."

  16. #15
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    BB's hurt me. DB's flat and decline make me happy.

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    decline= ace
    i gain most of my mass from dips
    "The whole jedi thing was just not compatible with my lifestyle. My master was jelous he was always holding me back, -"be mindfull of the future, but live in the present"- what the hell does that mean? I even got my arm cut just sucked. So i switched to the dark side and i havent looked back once...Now i am shooting lightning from my fingertips, choking people over the phone, i even get to wear a cape.....its just boss. My name is Anikin skywalker and i am a sith lord."

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    goals for end of the year 405/500/600 at 170-175(with the 8pack)

    other: dips 3 and a quarter plates for 4 reps


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