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    The Ideal Incline Angle for Upper Chest

    I just saw a headline today that read something to the effect of a study that confirmed that 30 degrees is the best amount of incline for working upper chest with dumbells or barbells.

    What do you think?

    I think it is safe to say probably, as I've tested both 30 degrees and 45 degrees. I used to really stick to 45 basically because that was what I saw everyone else doing, but when I tried 30, I noticed there was less stress on the front delts and more stress actually on my upper chest.

    I am looking to really pack on some thickness in my upper and inner chest at the same time during the rest of the year. That is one of the areas where I am lacking in comparison to my shoulders and mid/lower/outer chest.

    But I am curious what you guys and gals' opinions are about the angles based on your experience and results?
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    pretty sure 15-30 is ideal
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    Don't know what is right, but even for me 30 degree works the best. Like you said, it hits the upper chest without delts coming into play.
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    I don't think there is any one "ideal angle". The majority consensus is 30-45 degrees. It doesn't really take much of an angle to engage the upper chest more, and the higher you go the more your delts will be involved. That being said I've known a few people who like to transition to a 60-75 degree angle, liking the emphasis on the upper chest, even with the added delt recruitment.

    If you prefer 30, tear it up.
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    Originally Posted by musicformucles View Post
    I just saw a headline today that read something to the effect of a study that confirmed that 30 degrees is the best amount of incline for working upper chest with dumbells or barbells.

    What do you think?

    I think it is safe to say probably, as I've tested both 30 degrees and 45 degrees. I used to really stick to 45 basically because that was what I saw everyone else doing, but when I tried 30, I noticed there was less stress on the front delts and more stress actually on my upper chest.

    I am looking to really pack on some thickness in my upper and inner chest at the same time during the rest of the year. That is one of the areas where I am lacking in comparison to my shoulders and mid/lower/outer chest.

    But I am curious what you guys and gals' opinions are about the angles based on your experience and results?
    Same for me...

    Personally I have got better results using 30 degrees rather than 45. I always feel my delts more the next day if I use 45. The 30 degree angle hits the upper chest better for me, there is obviously still some front delt involvement but not as much as if I had used 45.
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    Im thinking i like to stick to around 25-30 degrees for optimal targetting of the upper pecs.
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    Flex lewis from Gaspari Nutrition says 45
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    Originally Posted by zipl3r View Post
    Flex lewis from Gaspari Nutrition says 45
    Well he has the best upper chest ever revealed to mankind, so dogmatically go with that.
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    Originally Posted by zipl3r View Post
    Flex lewis from Gaspari Nutrition says 45
    Hmmm..... really? You chose to go with "Flex Lewis from Gaspari Nutrition" as the method to identify him? IFBB Pro Flex Lewis or some other term to identify him as a professional bodybuilder didn't seem better?
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