Barbell Incline Bench Press

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KEe3cdzGcU

Yesterday, I did a video on the incline bench press. Now my Incline bench press is much less than my flat bench press by like 30 lb or so. Although, I am hoping to raise it, it will take sometime, but with that being said, I decided this would be a good exercise to talk about since most people are aware of it. This particular exercise you will want do with a spotter if you know you will be lifting more than you can handle, or if you are new to the workout itself. 

 

How do I do this exercise?

 
  1. First you will want to load the bar with the appropriate weight
  2. Set the bench to an incline (usually level 3 or 4 works perfectly for most people), lie on the bench with feet flat on the ground. Back should be arched and shoulder blades “retracted”
  3. Using a pronated grip (medium placement), remove bar from rack, holding it above your chest with arms extended (starting position)
  4. Lower the bar to your sternum by flexing the elbows, continue to maintain control & DO NOT bounce the bar off your chest. Elbows should be slightly drawn in while the lats are tight. 
  5. Afterwards, extend the elbows to return the bar to the starting position. 

What muscles are being worked?

  • Chest (upper portion)
  • shoulders
  • Triceps

This is a great exercise that should be implemented because many people don’t work their upper chest muscles often enough. 

 

Fitness WonderWoman, 

Shay-lon 

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Incline Bench Press ( Exercise)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbFgADa2PL8

Hey FitFam,

This will be my last blog post for the day, I have a previous video demonstrating alternating dumbbell curls and this video and post will be about the incline bench press. I would like to assume many of you already know what a bench press is and how to do it using the barbell, well this is the same concept except it will be at an incline, yes I said an incline. For some of you, this exercise will be something you already implement and for others, I hope depending on your goals at hand, that you will end up giving this exercise a go and letting me know what you think in the comment section. 

 

For starters, yes, I have done this exercise many times, the majority of times I have used a smith machine while doing this exercise (because my gym doesn’t offer any barbells except for the smaller ones) so I have had to use my resources but I have done this exercises using a barbell as well and I will say that this particular exercises you will notice you might lift lower in weights compared to the traditional bench press & that is okay, I know that my bench press is quite higher than my incline bench press. Also keep in mind that while doing this exercises, you pay attention to your grip, the distance of your hand placement and form when lowering and lifting the weight and it is preferred that you do this exercise with a spotter – obviously most of us will know when we are in need of a spotter BUT for my beginners, I suggest you have have some nearby helping in case you get stuck on a lift or otherwise. To begin.. the video at the top will help guide you through the exercise, but like always, I am going to post the steps as well.. for those of you who do better with reading.. 

 

How To Perform The Incline Bench Press

 
  1. Load the bar with the appropriate weight
  2. Adjust the bench to the appropriate level – most people choose 3. 
  3. lay on the bench with feet flat on the ground, shoulder blades retracted, back arched
  4. Use a pronated grip, remove the bar from the rack. Hold the weight above your chest with arms extended (starting position)
  5. Lower the bar to the sternum by flexing the elbows. Maintain control (do not bounce the bar off your chest)  & lats should stay fairly tight
  6. extend elbows to the starting position after touching your chest. 
  7. Repeat for the recommended repetitions

It is very important to maintain control through the whole movement, you don’t need to go extra fast or too hard up against your sternum, just go through the full ROM (range of motion). This is one of those exercises, you don’t need to lift heavy, you can lift little by little and work your way up. 

 

What Muscles are Being Worked

  • Chest
  • deltoids (shoulders)
  • Triceps 

This is one of those exercises I would recommend to anyone looking to spice up their chest day regimen with something different. It can be done with dumbbells as well as the smith machine. I have always said and will always continue to say, variety is good when working out, especially if you are one that gets bored in the gym or likes to learn something new, I definitely say go for it. Before tackling this exercise, make sure you speak with a specialist if you have any prior injuries or conditions – safety is ALWAYS first in my book. Thanks for reading, do me a favor and like, comment, share and follow! 

 

Fitness WonderWoman,

Shay-lon xoxoo

 

My 12 Week Cut – Day 13 (Week 3)

Happy Monday!!! Fit Family 🙂

 

All of you probably thought I forgot to keep up with my program BUT no, I have been keeping up with it (just haven’t posted about it in some days because my workouts are repetitive a lot and because I wanted to give you guys something new to look at instead of sharing the same workouts) I will be doing a YouTube video today talking about my 12 week cut and some updates so that everyone can stay aware of my body and eating and workouts. I figured I would share this workout since I did go up in weight since day one in some of these exercises and let ya’ll in one a secret toward the end of this blog post.

 

Workout Session:

 
  • Incline bench press: 4 x 8-10 (increased the amount of sets by 1) 50 lb (increased the weight by 5 pounds) this was a good thing, I am feeling it very much so and it definitely is a struggle but I am happy I am able to do 50 lb at 10 reps.
  • One arm DB row: 4 x 10 -12 (increased the amount of sets by 1). 25 lb, I again increased the weight by 5 pounds and I think by next week I will be going up another 5 pounds hopefully. 
  • Seated Barbell press: 4 x 8 -10 (increased the set by 1) 40 lb, increased the weight by 5 lb. Which is very good, it is very difficult, the first set always works out but the 2nd and third set gets more difficult. I don’t think I am ready to go up another 5 until another couple of weeks on this one (which is odd, since my standing barbell press is 50-60 lb)
  • pull ups: 4 x 10 (increased the set by 1) and this did make a difference by increasing the sets, I was fatigued by the 3rd and 4th set honestly. 
  • skullcrushers: 4 x 10-12 (increased the set by 1) 20 lb and yes this does make a difference, I don’t know if I am ready for 30 lb yet, so I will stick with 20 lb for now. 
  • Dumbbell curls: 4 x 10-12 (I increased the set by 1) 40 lb. I think next week I will try to go up by 5 lb and see how I am doing, because I do well with my dumbbell curls for the most part but doesn’t mean I am ready to go full blown hulk mode.

I have finally also figured out the numbers (goals) for my low carb days,moderate carb days and high carb days based off my calories per macros, but to be honest, this is changing rapidly because I somewhat made a mistake in this, so I will talk about this in the YouTube video instead to save you from having to read a novel. 

 

My cardio has increased, today it was 10 minutes on the treadmill 4.8 speed and no incline. I felt good, no side stitch (I plan on writing about) because I just figured out what this was when I was getting sharp pains in my obliques. Hopefully it will help others who might have the same problem as I have. Otherwise , today I was out of the zone.. I really was and my right arm triceps  muscle hurt so much during my seated barbell press that it irritated me, I might have pulled something but I should hopefully be okay tomorrow. The secret is: Cutting is not easy! it takes so much dedication and discipline! I am feeling the overwhelming efforts. 

 

Are any of you on a cut program? how is it going? what week are you on? have you noticed any changes or results yet? 

 

I will share in my video what my weigh in revealed to me! lol — 

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

12 Week ‘Cut’ Program (Day Six)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUpwoSGstr4

12 Week “Cut” Program – (Muscle & Strength) Day ONE

I am starting a new program (12 weeks)…. 

 

This isn’t a challenge of any sorts, but instead a program for me to “cut” and still keep my gains. I had to do some research on my own time to figure out which program I would start to give me an idea on how to go about it, and chose one from Muscle and strength, now this particular program I am starting, I am doing  “my version” because everyone is different, while some might find following the plan word from word may work, I know myself well enough to tweak and make changes to things that won’t work for me & my goals. This program’s goal is to allow one to lose up to 20 pounds, keep muscle mass (while still being lean) and increases conditioning (which will help with keeping me in shape at the same time). Along with doing this program, I am going to redo my macros (reset them to fit this program better) because as I have said before “nutrition is very important”. 

 

I chose this particular program on a whim and just went with it, (so I am taking a risk and seeing if it works or if it does me no good at the end)  and I knew I could change what needed to be changed without going too far from the original. I don’t always listen to sites such as these, but every once in a while it is nice to take a break from having to come up with programs for myself and gives me more time to focus on other things that need to be done. This program also gives a meal plan (a break down of what to eat for the first 7 days and it is probably recommended to eat that same thing for the 12 weeks) but of course, I am not going to follow that particular meal plan because I don’t want to and want to do my own thing 🙂 – I may do some of what it tells me to eat but otherwise, I will find alternatives (of course as long as it fits my macros) and makes sense to the plan (I won’t go too far from the meal plan it has set up).  The same goes for the exercises, It list the first 7 days of exercises/ rest days but I will eventually add or replace certain exercises to get a variety (as long as it makes sense to the plan). 

 

For the most part, I plan on following this plan the way it is set up and making adjustments as I go. Today was the first day of me starting this 12 week program. I plan on sharing the exercises with you as I go along.. 

 

Workout Session: 

 
  • Incline bench press: 3 x 8-10 (45 lb)
  • One arm DB row: 3 x 10-12 (20 lb)
  • Seated barbell press: 3 x 8-10 (35 lb)
  • pull ups: 3 x 10 (no assistance)
  • skullcrushers: 3 x 10-12 (20 lb)
  • DB curls: 3 x 10 -12 (40 lb)
  • Cardio: 5 minutes 
  • push up challenge: 42 reps.

I followed the plan today with these exercises, after a while the goal is to eventually add more weight to them. The cardio for the first 6 weeks will be 3 times a week, the second 6 weeks cardio will be higher and more frequent. 

 

I have never heard of muscle & strength prior to this, so this will allow me to also do a review on this particular program & site. Which should be fun, if anything I hope to lose 10 lb, but 20 would be awesome, all the while getting more muscle packed on. We shall see how this goes. If you are interested in looking at the program I am doing, here is the link: https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/12-week-fat-destroyer

 

My starting Weight: 144 lb

height: 5’8 

age: 24 years old

BMI: 21.9