Which is Best: Flat or Incline Bench Press for Pec Development?


The answer is as OldSkool as it is short & sweet—Flat Bench Press.

As the angle of incline increases, less and less of the major pectoral muscles are used and increasingly the burden of the lift falls on other muscles like the triceps, delts, supraspinatus, trees, rhomboids, etc.

These two exercises are essentially different versions of each other.How different? This will really depend on the angle of the incline used.

Be aware, more excitement is in the air as, in effect, there are a whole spectrum of angles available to you for your lifting pleasure here. Every time you change an angle, you change the emphasis of the exercise on muscle groups and the previous exercise morphs into another exercise that will influence either different muscles or perhaps different parts of the same muscle group.

A simple pressing motion possesses the potential to produce a cornucopia of potential movements. Voila, it’s Christmas! Your gift is a Swiss Army knife and multitool for bodybuilders.

You can also change the way the fundamental drivers interact by switching back and forth from barbell to dumbbell configurations.

The take-home on this is as follows:

The lifting of weights is not a passive hoary old tradition steeped in myth and superstition, it is a dynamic and fluid activity of aggression and imagination.

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