I'm Inclined to Workout on the Incline, Why?
*video examples below*
4 Incline Exercises to Try Now
and why they may actually work better for you than their counterpart.
Adding an incline or decline to some exercises will make subtle changes in that exercise which can lead to substantial differences in your training.
Some reasons to do this...
- to target a pinpoint area of the body
- to add variety to your routine
- to increase the difficulty level of your workout
1. Incline Walking/Jogging
Walking or jogging on a treadmill set on an incline setting.
- More functional, as it trains the body to not always be on a level surface.
- Better for working the hamstrings and glutes.
- If you are focusing on calories burned, this will burn more.
- Activates more muscles.
- When starting out try a lower incline and build to a higher one, as some people may experience some lower back pain if this is already a problem.
2. Incline Barbell Press
Bench presses using a barbell with the bench set to an incline.
- Focuses more of the workout on the upper pecs, which can sometimes be neglected.
- Activates the shoulders more.
- If you suffer from shoulder pain during this exercise try decline pushups instead, this will free up the space for your shoulder blades while addressing the same muscles.
- Don't neglect standard barbell bench presses though, doing only inclines will overdevelop the upper pec exclusively.
3. Incline Cable Fly
Cable flies done from a bench set at an incline.
- Cables will provide you with a fluid movement while moving through your range of motion.
- Works the pec muscles simultaneously with the delts.
- Provides a significant stretch of the muscles as well.
- To ensure you are not putting too much of the work on the delts actively engage your pecs and squeeze your chest as your arms are above you.
4. Incline T Curls
Dumbbell curls from a T position on a bench set at an incline.
- Works the whole bicep muscle.
- Provides a deeper stretch of the bicep muscle.
- Increases the workout by putting your arm in a position you will have to work harder to lift the weight.
- Because the angle puts more strain on your joints start with lesser weight than you may use with traditional curls.
🤔Whats an exercise that you prefer the incline version? DM, message, post...we're listening.👂