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    chest press elbow angle

    not bench, but seated chest presses.
    what angle should your elbows be tucked at? I usually keep mine between 45-60 degrees (so I take out using my shoulders as much as I can) so my elbows are almost below my chest. I've seen that 75 degrees is ideal, but is there a difference in the muscles emphasized (upper/middle/lower chest) based off the angle you use?
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    Originally Posted by sarahjames01 View Post
    Yes there is a difference upper chest are for inclined chest middle is or straight bench and lower chest came from decline. all of them have different angels
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    OP, I try to tuck my elbows the same way I would bench. Still need to keep the scapula retracted on the seated chest press. You could bias the chest more by flaring the elbows but that might cause shoulder issues.
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    Keep it the same way that you would bench which is usually like 45-ish so you don't recruit more shoulders then chest in the exercise. Plus you'll prevent injury to your shoulders by not flaring your elbows out.
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    For Seated Chest Press. I run it back so that my chest would be outward and feel the muscles been stretched. That’s when I push and keep the contractions. I’ll show you tonight on a video if you want. I usually go for feeling of contractions on the inward and outward push.
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    I didn't even know that. Thanks for the tip!
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    Yes that’d be great! But to everyone who’s replied, does a 45 degree elbow angle recruit more upper chest than say a 75 degree angle? This is for regular flat seated press
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    Originally Posted by Hannahp21 View Post
    Yes that’d be great! But to everyone who’s replied, does a 45 degree elbow angle recruit more upper chest than say a 75 degree angle? This is for regular flat seated press
    Not really no, better off switching to an incline bench to bias the upper chest more.
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    Originally Posted by Hannahp21 View Post
    Yes that’d be great! But to everyone who’s replied, does a 45 degree elbow angle recruit more upper chest than say a 75 degree angle? This is for regular flat seated press
    Regular seated press is always going to be engaging the full pectoral muscles where;as incline DB press or bench press is going to target the upper mostly as long as your elbows aren't flaring out so it doesn't recruit too much shoulders as already stated. If you really want to target upper chest, do incline DB press.
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