How important is it? Seems like I never see people do it in the gym. I always stuck to flat and incline but lately i've been wondering if I could fit in decline.
It's up to you. You can add it in for variety purposes. Otherwise flat and incline are fine.
5'6", 145 lbs.
It's only purpose is for variety so your body doesn't adapt. I did them in my last routine and they were fine. But, when I did them I absolutely needed a spotter because I couldn't get the bar off the rack without somebody else.
Thanks for the advice. I just don't like how your feet aren't making contact with the floor on a decline bench.
I never thought about that. It would allow for less "cheating"...not sure if that's good or bad though.
5'6", 145 lbs.
It has its ups and downs.
I used to think it was a waste of time, but after a ton of reading and actually doing declines; I think it's a great exercise for the chest.
Bench press isn't a great exercise for your chest because it uses more of your shoulders/tri's and less chest. Incline is a decent exercise for your chest, but once again you use alot of your shoulders. And a lot of people don't even do chest dips correctly. So, why not do decline?
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I think dips are better. Arched flat bench will sort of mirror the whole decline angle, and its a better lift too. I like flat with arch and incline, i think those do well.
I personally enjoy doing decline bench. I usually do it one day of the week, and dips on another day.
Declines are a staple in my routine.