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  • To Bench or not to Bench, that is the question

    I think this is one of the biggest questions in BB'ing. To Bench or not to Bench. Flat bench Barbell is what I am talking about.

    I love BB-flat benching. It is the one exercise that I use as a barometer as to how my diet, training, and gear are working. if my bench is strong and improving then everything is good.
    If my bench is struggling I take a closer look at what I am doing.
    I know incline DB is the chest exercise of choice for most...and it is great for massive, thick pecs-especially the upper pecs which are kinda difficult to build.
    But who likes flat bb benching?
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    All the basic compound movements are a MUST:
    Flat BB Bench
    BB Squat
    Deads/Bent-over Rows

    I have developed bad shoulders over the years and am VERY suseptible to movements that "hurt" shoulders. Incline is one of those movements that puts a lot of stress on shoulders.

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    • #3
      I bench in 'cycles', though this is not necessarily planned. I go for months with the bench and then I will go months without it. It is just an instinctive thing with me. Over the years, I have had no problems, though, with benching either flat or incline.

      I believe the bench to be an asset provided you are not vulnerable from past injuries to the shoulders or triceps.

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      • #4
        I'll just add that bench tends to be an ego exercise and, I think, for this reason at least in part it gets a bad rap as a pec tearer.

        Some folks are biomechanically suited for it, whereas others, like Xcel (welcome, BTW!), aren't...

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        • #5
          yeah, it is an ego exercise for sure. Got a funny story, maybe others can relate.

          I first benched 315 when I was about 21 or 22 years old...had been training and eating like crazy for years.
          The night I got 315, man was I stoked! 315!! 3 big wagon wheels on each side...i had ARRIVED!!!! I had entered the Holy Grail of benching, finally.
          I was so stoked I went back to the gym the next night to do it again!!!! I warmed up, went up to 315-got it again...very cool!
          Right about that time a Marine powerlifter. Dan Martinez, superheavyweight, started benching right next to me.


          315 was his warm up set.

          Now I felt like a little girl!
          Dan went up to 505 for 3 reps that night. When I saw that, my ego crumbled, and I broke down my bar sheepishly.
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          • #6
            I prefer DB's and inclines over BB flat bench. Although I do them sometimes they are never 1st in my workout. I did experience a minor pec tear 3 yrs ago so have been cautious ever since.
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            • #7
              I admit that I BB flat bench every week and love it. It keeps me pumped and motivated. Especially right after I pre-exhaust with DB incline-flyes...........just gotta do it!
              TRAIN...because it's in your blood, EAT...because you need to feed the machine...and REST to grow for the next day of INTENSITY!

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