Exercise! - Bench press -- Incline? Decline?

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07-09-2004, 12:04 PM
I'm lifting weights for the purpose of building as much muscle as quickly as possible, trying to raise my metabolism to burn fat. I am not lifting to get 'cut' or shape my body in any special way. So with that in mind, any ideas whether I should be using an incline, level or decline setting on my bench? I want to get the most out of the 2 sessions I do each week, since I'm not able to do them more often than that...


07-09-2004, 12:32 PM
Hey mike I'm going to direct you to either the mens forum or the ladies (and gents) who lift they will be able to help you abit better than me :) Keep up the good work :)
Welcome to 3fc!

07-09-2004, 03:09 PM
Hey Mike, another really great resource is discussfitness.com (http://www.discussfitness.com); it's another message board devoted primarily to weight training, and has thousands of members with different fitness and experience levels, as well as motivations for lifting. It's really great, and I have found some really helpful information there -- lots of knowledge and experience to benefit from!

07-09-2004, 04:47 PM
Mike -- my opinion is to hit all angles: incline, decline, and flat. One quick way to do that (if you're short on time) is to do five sets of presses with either a barbell or dumbbells, starting flat and raising the bench one position per set. Thus set 1 = flat, set 2 = incline at setting 1, set 3 = incline at setting 2 etc. through five sets. Then two or three quick sets of the same on decline and you're done with presses. I also like to do pec flyes the same way: five sets flat up to incline.

Hope that helps!