My Incline Bench





My Incline Bench

The series of pictures below shows my incline bench at various angles. I have not included all angles because it's not really that exciting, though if you disagree and you think I should show all of my bench's angles, email me to let me know.

The picture below shows my bench in its lowest position - flat. This is used for the bench press, pullovers, skull-crushers, etc. My bench does not decline because I prefer to perfom the dips rather than the decline bench press. I know these exercises are different and both involve the lower pecs, but I also only wanted only the one bench that would also enable me to perform the prone row (or laying bench row) so I wanted a bench without a sloping beam. Take a look at My Prone Row Station for clarity on this issue.
Photograph of my bench in its flat position

The next picture, below, shows the low-incline position that I use for the incline bench press. This is the first of the inclined positions, and some may argue that it is too steep for a low incline position, but from my own research I believe this is about right. I am able to put a one-inch block under the forward leg to reduce the inclination a few degrees, but i don't have the need, though perhaps in the future for a slight variation I may do so.
Photograph of my bench in a low incline position

Rather than provide too many pitures here, the picture below shows a medium-high inclination. If you would like to see the full range of this bench's inclination then click here.
Photograph of my bench in mid-incline position

The final picture is the setup that I use for the over-head or shoulder press - it is one position below maximum incline. The maximum is not much steeper but is a bit too steep for this particular exercise.
Photograph of my bench in a high-incline position. This position I use for the shoulder press.


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