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Thread: Decline bench

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    Default Decline bench

    I'm doing my own experiment on why I prefer decline over flat. Flat tears my shoulders up. Decline has been criticized for short range but isn't the goal of arched back and flat foot to reduce distance?
    Please explain why decline is frowned upon as an inadequate exercise?

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    It's fine with me. Just don't miss a rep by yourself.

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    Decline wide grip bench....
    ....sumo rack pulls...

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    The decline press is a rather useless exercise because the angle of the back in the decline
    position shortens the distance the bar can travel, decreasing the amount of work done by decreasing
    the range of motion. By decreasing the difficulty, the decline press increases the weight that can be
    used in the exercise, which in turn leads to inflated perceptions of one's ability - it is essentially
    masturbation, much like that which is possible with a 30-degree leg press or a half-squat. SS3

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    Can't help but wonder that decline press is like doing dips upside down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nks View Post
    Can't help but wonder that decline press is like doing dips upside down.
    I suppose. If you disregard the parallel grip and the bar that could crush your larynx of your fuck up. With dips if you fuck up, your feet hit the ground hard. Unless you try to hero it out and fight the eccentric portion all the way down. Then you risk your shoulders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBasic View Post
    Decline wide grip bench....
    I saw those with a supinated grip the other night at the gym.

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    I thought Ripp mentions in the book that decline is bad for your shoulders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nks View Post
    Can't help but wonder that decline press is like doing dips upside down.
    No comparison whatsoever.... Dips have a pretty good ROM, I guess as far as one takes them...which most people go all the way down or pretty far. I can't say as much for declines with a bar...and it seems like everyone at my gym does them with a pretty wide grip with a lot of weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mev20 View Post
    I saw those with a supinated grip the other night at the gym.
    I saw Supinated Grip open for The Rack Pulls back in the day.

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