I'll be brief with this.
Core and lower body aside, if a person did an overhead pressing movement on a bench at 60-75 degrees, would they work the same muscles as they would work doing OHP and Incline Bench separately, albeit to a lesser degree?
While I realize it's better to just do both, I was having a conversation with a friend about which one to do if you were absolutely forced to pick only one, and we weren't sure if "combining" the two would be an effective compromise or not.
02-11-2013, 12:00 PM #1
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High angle incline press vs overhead press vs normal incline press
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I'm under the impression they all work pretty much the same muscles, more front delts if it's closer to an overhead press and more chest if it's closer to a bench press, and more triceps than either of those two if you're doing them with a close grip.
The big thing for me is that your core does a lot of work stabilizing a weight over your head, so I'm pretty sure that if you did nothing but incline benches your core would probably lack some of the muscles needed to transfer that strength to any kind of overhead press. For that reason I would most certainly do shoulder presses over anything else if I had to pick only one option.
Then again, lately I've been realizing both the importance of variety and how to vary my lifts without having some big complicated schedule, so I wouldn't just pick one. Currently, over the course of several push days I will invariably do all of these lifts as well as a few dip variations, several tricep moves and chest flies.