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    Unhappy Is it normal for incline to be weaker?

    Ok so my flat bench is about 220lb max, decline roughly the same but my incline is like 154lb. Is this normal or should I concentrate more on incline? I read somewhere that incline works delts first and upper peck second. So does that mean I should try up my shoulder presses too?
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    usually :

    decline >flat>incline>seated

    If your upper is weaker which for most people the upper part of the chest is the hardest to mass up, then do more incline
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    Yes it is.
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    yes, its the hardest. my max on flat 355, decline 335, incline 260.
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    I incline 185, flat 245, and decline 275. Yes its normal.
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    OP: Yes, it's normal. My incline bench is noticeably weaker than my flat.
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    Thanks guys!
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    OP, The other posters are absolutely right here. It is totally normal to be weaker on incline. With that in mind, you should focus on it, because upper chest is where most people tend to look weak. building your upper chest is one of the best ways to make your chest look fuller. I also recommend using dumbells for incline bench. It is easier on your shoulders, as your path of travel will not be locked in by the bar. Same goes for overhead press. I love doing overhead press with a bar but I gave myself a stress injury a couple months ago going for big numbers. I'm not saying never do it, and it might be fine for you, but if the movement feels slightly uncomfortable then consider using dumbbells. Good luck!
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    Originally Posted by Wtchfneneral View Post
    OP, The other posters are absolutely right here. It is totally normal to be weaker on incline. With that in mind, you should focus on it, because upper chest is where most people tend to look weak. building your upper chest is one of the best ways to make your chest look fuller. I also recommend using dumbells for incline bench. It is easier on your shoulders, as your path of travel will not be locked in by the bar. Same goes for overhead press. I love doing overhead press with a bar bu I gave myself a stress injury a couple months ago going for big numbers. I'm not saying never do it, and it might be fine for you, but if the movement feels slightly uncomfortable then consider using dumbbells. Good luck!
    Thanks mate. I'll keep that in mind and focus more on incline. I usually do both bar and dumbell presses for shoulders but I usually use the bar when it comes to incline bench. I'll try using dumbells and see how that feels with technique.
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    Originally Posted by ShakeySco View Post
    Thanks mate. I'll keep that in mind and focus more on incline. I usually do both bar and dumbell presses for shoulders but I usually use the bar when it comes to incline bench. I'll try using dumbells and see how that feels with technique.
    Add the dumbbell pullover to your routine, as the last chest exercise. 3x12, don't worry about the weight. It's about the technique and actually flexing your upperchest, then squeezing it when comming up. Srs, my upperchest is stronger than my lower.
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    yup..350 decline, 335 flat, 285 incline. Everyone i have ever known/trained has had a better flat bench than incline. nothing to worry about.

    Although it wouldnt hurt to bring up your incline a bit, as it is a bit low in comparrison..but nothing extreme man, keep at it
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    Normal? Yes

    However personally I dont find that much of a difference between incline/flat and even shoulder press, only like 20 lbs
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