What qualifies as a "slight-incline"?

Discussion in 'Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST)' started by Drew_1, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Drew_1

    Drew_1 New Member

    Hey fellas,

    This is sort of a trivial question, but I constantly see people refering to benching on a "slight incline" or "low incline" in order to "hit the entire chest"( [​IMG] [​IMG] )

    Well since I buy into this argument, I'd like to know what you guys consider a slight-incline and how you go about achieving it.

    As of my last workout, I did two sets of flat BB bench followed by dumbell press on a flat bench with some plates stacked under it.

    You always hear that if you have a big flat BB bench you'll have a big chest(all around), but i guess its a mental thing to want to "feel" the chest muscle contracting. Anyway if benching on a slight incline is truly a more efficient way to work the chest, i'd sure as hell like to make sure i'm implementing it properly into my training.

    Thanks guys,

  2. Fausto

    Fausto HST Expert


    15 degrees or so!

    Plates under the bench qualifies I guess when you cannot change the bench.

    For once I'll mention Mentzer he said in different words "a slight incline bench provides a longer ROM and is the best way to hit the entire chest area"

    My argument is more from a shoulder point of view, this way my shoulders feel better and I can bench without pain!
  3. Drew_1

    Drew_1 New Member

    Thx Fausto,

    I agree that my shoulders feel better when using only a slight incline as opposed to 45 degrees and more chest recruitment is a nice plus!


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