when you bench third or fourth. Make the 275 for 6 your new frame of reference andtry to beat that; except now with the confidence that you're so warmed up you won'tblow a pec in the process.As for you PR junkies, you'll be amazed at how much of your "lost" strength returnsafter getting acclimated to this new order. You probably won't get back to the 315 for6 right away, but 295 or 305 is likely doable within a few weeks of training.Incline second or third: You should be fine with doing these second or third in yourroutine if you use the technique I describe later in this article.
Slight angles work better than excessive ones. Dorian Yates believed in very slightincline and decline angles and he was definitely onto something. A very slight inclineseems to hit my entire chest the best, without the intense shoulder burning that Isometimes get with standard barbell incline presses.In fact, standard barbell incline presses are among my favorite exercises for shoulderwidth. I've noticed that when I back off from doing them, my shoulders seem to getnarrower looking, and my upper chest noticeably flatter.It's like my genetic predisposition for "slumped shoulders" comes into play instead of the wide "straight line from shoulder to shoulder" look coveted by every bodybuilder,myself included. So I consider regular incline bench presses a great shoulder builderalong with hitting upper chest. (I train chest with shoulders, so this works well as anexercise that day.)As for declines, traditional declines absolutely destroy my rotator cuff; they're themost uncomfortable exercise I think I've ever done. I believe this was due to thebenches I used; the angles were just too extreme.The solution is to find an incline sit-up bench that you can lie down at its lowest leveland be at just a slight decline. It's the perfect angle for natural contractions; you canalso use this setting for dumbbell work.Try this if you have trouble feeling your pecs: Get on the Smith (yes, the Smithmachine) and use this slight decline angle. Take a wide grip, and begin to do repswhere you lower the bar to your chest and drive up to 75% of lockout before coming