Use a Low Level Angle For Better Upper Chest Development Workout
A well-developed chest looks fantastic and a major part of this development lies in the upper chest area.
Some guys are aware of this and include specific exercises for the upper chest muscles.
The only problem is that most who do work the upper chest go about it in the wrong way.
Typically the incline bench is used for working the upper chest area.
The incline bench press is a great tool because it activates a lot of muscle mass with a heavy weight load.
It is a great upper chest building exercise if you get it right. And that means using the right angle.
It’s unfortunate that the typical angle for an incline bench is set at around a 45 degree angle.
That angle is a little too steep to get the ultimate involvement of the upper chest muscles.
At that steep of an angle the front deltoid muscles are heavily involved. And the more that the front deltoid is involved, the less the pecs get worked.
The Secret Is Low Level Pec Action
To remedy this situation, you simply need to perform the incline bench press at a lower angle.
A 20 to 30 degree angle, or roughly halfway between the standard incline angle and the floor, is just about right for really getting the upper pec region fully engaged.
Perform your incline bench pressing at the lower angle and then check out where the soreness is in your chest the next day.
The area that shows the pain, which also signals which area was worked, will be the upper and outer chest region, right where you want it to be.
If possible, lower the standard incline down to a 20 to 30 degree angle.
Some incline benches have several options for angles, so go with one at the lower end.
If you don’t have that option, simply prop up the bench you use for flat bench presses by a small amount (ensure it is stable and safe) and go to work with the low angle bench press for better upper chest development.