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Flat Chest Press or Incline Chest Press

So many individuals love to do chest exercises and the question would be why? If you notice the shoulders of men who do chest press at least twice per week or more, their shoulders will be rounded forward like a caveman. So why do they do them. Well, the chest press is a great exercise for activities that involve pushing, or ballistic pushing in sports like football, basketball, hockey and rugby.
When we are in the gym we people automatically think that is what they do to make themselves stronger, bigger and to seem more dominant. In reality, this athletes also pay attention to other parts of their bodies, especially their legs muscles. Remember, power & strength comes from the ground up, not the top down. So if you have weak legs, you are in for some trouble if you think you are going to muscle it with your upper body.
The next question is, flat chest press or incline chest press. When I look at both types of movements, they are both are good, but I think incline chest press is often overlooked and should probably be paid more attention too. You can always burn out after you do incline chest press with push-ups or dumbbell flyes. When performing the incline chest press it is the hardest angle to move weight through. In addition, it places a lot of the load on the anterior deltoids and the upper part of the chest muscles (Pectoralis Minor).
We hope this helps a little bit and start out with the incline chest press and then move on to flat press, push-ups or flyes.  Remember, we want muscle balance, so always do one extra exercise for your back so it will pull back those shoulders so you do not look like a neanderthal. Also, stretch those Pectoralis chest muscles too.
 

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