What's the purpose of a decline bench?

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  1. snoopy

    snoopy Professional

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    I admit to being an exercise novice.

    I'm currently looking at a workout bench.

    I originally was looking for a flat to incline bench but then I saw benches offering a decline option too.

    Like this one:

    http://www.dynamicfitness.com/detail.aspx?ID=840&name=Bodycraft F602 FID Bench

    I know what to use incline for but what exercises can you do in the decline position? Is it sit ups?

    Is a bench with a decline option worth the extra cash?

    Thanks.
     
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  2. Douggo

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    You can do situps with it, but I think the purpose of the decline bench is to hit your lower pecs with bench presses.
     
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  3. richw76

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    it's mainly hits lower pecs, and triceps, more or less tricep depending on hand position. The closer in the more tricep.

    I prefer dips to decline bench. If you can't do a dip yet maybe your gym has an assisted dip machine.

    To me the dip is a superior exercise to decline, same as the squat is superior to leg extensions and curls.
     
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  4. redsoxrock930

    redsoxrock930 Semi-Pro

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    that price seems pretty high, even though its a decent bench.
     
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  5. Rickson

    Rickson G.O.A.T.

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    The decline bench on the bench press is for the lower chest. A decline bench without the barbell rack is for incline situps or Roman chair situps. Personally, I don't do the decline bench press anymore because I really like doing dips, but it's good to know the option's there.

    BTW, that link to the bench is way too much for that piece of crap.
     
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  6. stormholloway

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    I prefer dips too. I think it's hard to get dumbbells in position with a decline bench. It's dangerous.

    Don't waste your time with decline. I personally think flat bench hits the lower pecs enough. I do dips mainly for the triceps. To define the lower pecs I like cable flyes (or flies?).
     
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  7. auzzieizm

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    any different angle you can work a muscle will work different parts of the muscle (or muscle groups). For example doing a bench press on straight, incline, and decline will allow you to work some of the muscles in your upperbody (like pectoralis and triceps) in a different way each time. This will work the entire muscle, promote more even muscle building, and give you more options as far as workout routines.
     
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  8. dman72

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    Decline is dangerous to do without a spotter.
     
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  9. chess9

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    Dips are far superior, IMHO. 3-5 sets of dips x 10 will trash your triceps, strengthen the delts and pecs, and work the little stabilizer muscles that help in tennis and any overhead lifting. They also help with posture, IMHO, if combined with seated or one arm rows, or pullups/chins.

    -Robert
     
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  10. snoopy

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I'm going to focus on getting a flat-incline bench.
     
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