Jeremy Gray breaks down the differences between these two potent chest building exercises and helps you to decide which bench pressing variation is right for you.
Let’s get the science out of the way; the pectoralis major is comprised of a clavicular and a sternocostal head, or better known as the upper and lower pec respectively. When flat benching, both heads are stressed evenly. The anterior deltoids also come into play, and the triceps are used during lock out.
Incline benching puts more stress on the upper pec and anterior deltoids, and the triceps are also used for lock out.
Knowing this, the question becomes: which press is better for building chest muscle?