I just started incline benching again and I've noticed that difference between my incline and flat bench has decreased. I recently flat benched 205x5 (possibly questionable since my spotter sucked), and today just incline benched 175x5. I'm not too concerned about it but I thought it was interesting. If you do both incline and flat bench, what is the difference between those two lifts for you?
I would think the avg lifter (if there's such a thing) lifts more on flat than incline. Is this what you're askin?
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You'd have to have something a little bizarre going on I'd imagine to incline bench more than flat bench. The question was, if you do both on a regular or semi regular basis, what is the difference between the weight lifted on those two lifts for you? Mine seems to be about 20-30 lbs. In percentage terms, my incline right now is 10-13% lower than my flat bench.
Incline is harder cause it does use your pecs but also includes your shoulders. If your chest is stronger then your shoulders which is usually the case incline will be harder and the weight will drop. A great workout though is inclined d bell bench press. Awesome but it depends on your gyms dbell sizes im about to have to switch at my gym cause im now almost needing 80lb dbells to incline with right now im at 75 thats the biggest they have. Long story short its normal to be weaker on incline bench press.
I am going to be an optimist and assume that the 205x5 was just an off day for me, and this means my 1rpm will actually be higher than I thought the next time I go for it. I guess I'll find out soon enough.
Do the two exercises use comparable amounts of tricep strength? If thats true would that make the ratio between the two lifts a good indicator of whether your shoulder strength or chest strength is a weakness?
For me, I noticed the same thing you do...if I understand you correctly.
You think your incline is really close to your flat bench compared to what alot of other peoples are, right?
I right there with you, with my incline actually even closer to my flat bench than yours.
Ignore it. It means nothing!
Some people have bench presses of more than what they can squat or even deadlift.