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    Decline Bench press?

    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.

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    It's up to you. You can add it in for variety purposes. Otherwise flat and incline are fine.
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    Decline presses can be replaced with dips if you lean far enough forward I think.
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    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.

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    Thanks for the advice. I just don't like how your feet aren't making contact with the floor on a decline bench.

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    ^

    I never thought about that. It would allow for less "cheating"...not sure if that's good or bad though.
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    It has its ups and downs.

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    Nice one

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Kana View Post
    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?
    +1 I always do decline for this reason exactly. When I flat bench, my shoulders seem to take most of the punishment.

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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.
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    I personally enjoy doing decline bench. I usually do it one day of the week, and dips on another day.

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    Declines are a staple in my routine.

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