You may have heard the resounding advice of Arnold Schwarzenegger, 8-time Mr. Olympia champion, about the benefits of regularly using incline bench press. When he made such announcement in “The New Encyclopedia of Modern Body Building”, it created a buzz among the members of the fitness community. Indeed, the invention of incline bench press underlines the reality that you and I are physical beings. It gives everyone the opportunity to limit our ranges of motions while exercising for our deltoids, triceps and chest muscles. Indeed, advancement in technology has introduced us quite a number of ways to improve the quality of our exercise routines. And since we have a society which values physical appearance, incline bench press is certainly one of the must-have fitness equipment on our home gym.
While the onus on some women is to get slimmer and slimmer, men want to have bigger and bigger muscles on the other side of the scale. Whether one wants to get slim or get packs of abs, it always boils down to adding value to one’s stature. And talking about adding value to stature, incline bench press has been specially created not only to help someone recover from the daily strain and stresses of life but also to make a person as highly functioning as possible.
Studies show that incline bench press is indeed very helpful in building full and round looking chest that pushes one’s chest muscles up his shirt. With the great stress that it puts on the upper chest section of the body, muscles are hit in different angles and are thus greatly enhanced. It can best complement to any exercise routines since it is capable of limiting the ranges of motions and can allow angle variations without putting the muscles in shock.
Most of the times, fitness enthusiast seem to worry about dropping the weights on their chest. This is not a problem to speak of when you use incline bench press because you can very well twist the bar when you feel that your muscles is starting to give up. So if you are the type who wants to put much weight on then this is perfect for you since it is counter weighted. Also, incline bench presses serve better if you are the type of person who prefer doing free weight exercises because it gives you more leeway to stretch and have full range of body motion.
Muscles Worked With Incline Bench Press
Incline bench presses strengthen three areas of the human body. It targets the upper chest, the anterior deltoid muscles and the triceps and improves their mass and physical appearance. The upper pectorals (upper pecs) are primarily moved when making incline bench press. Let me explain briefly the lower, middle and upper pecs. [Read More]
Setting Up the Incline Bench Press
Make sure to check the correct positioning of the weight racks which are holding up the bar. It should be in such a position that you are able to easily get it out of the rack to lift it and then put it back there without stressing your arms. While this will put you in an uncomfortable position at the outset, you will get used to it as you proceed with the incline bench press. If you happen to own an adjustable bench, try some variations as you do the bench pressing. [Read More]
How to Correctly Perform Incline Bench Press Exercise
You should first take into consideration the separation line between your pectorals. Since the concentration is to develop the curve on your chest muscles, you should make sure the upper pecs is well stimulated. What stimulates the pecs is not the high inclination of the incline bench press but the lowering of the bar. This means that it is not necessary to have high angular inclination. [Read More]
Extra Tips in Using Incline Bench Press
Take note that angular positions have different effects on your effort to stimulate your upper chest. If you use incline bench press to put more stress on the chest muscle group in general, make sure that you take the lower angle. If you want to concentrate more on your deltoids and your triceps, consider raising the angle. [Read More]