Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

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Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Fat Cat » Fri Aug 01, 2014 9:28 pm



Bottom up pressing, 405(-ish) x 3 smooth as a baby's ass. He looks like he could be playing cards or drinking tea.
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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Luke » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:01 am

Ha, just a casual warm up.

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Post by TerryB » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:24 am

old news you idiot!
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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Fat Cat » Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:55 am

Do any of you guys do incline benching? I remember Marty Gallagher in his profile on...I think Ken Fantano... who claimed that bench press was all technique but that he built his brute strength through inclines. It never made sense to me, but it was the guy's claim.
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Post by baffled » Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:04 am

I pretty much only incline, either with dumbbells or a barbell.

Mainly because the flat benches are always taken by the bros at my gym.
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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Dunn » Sat Aug 02, 2014 3:28 am

I only do incline since I feel it hits the shoulders a bit more and opens me up better for GS. Push-ups seem to do just fine for strictly horizontal pressing.

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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:44 am

Folks at our place do a lot of high inclines for benching, somewhere 70 degrees. It seems to carry over quite a bit for small and huge people, raw and geared. it's useful lift for sure, I just hate the incline set up we have, horrible for handoffs and feels unstable.
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T>1200 wrote:old news you idiot!
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Post by ledfistaco » Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:35 pm

Badass overhead presser pro strongman Dimitar Savatinov credits incline bench here:
http://chasekarnes.com/2013/11/increasi ... ead-press/

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Post by TerryB » Sat Aug 02, 2014 2:59 pm

suddenly, inclines.
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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Sat Aug 02, 2014 3:37 pm

Savatinov, is a total freak.

I watched Dimitar unrack and belly bench 545 on his first day in our gym for a set of 5. Ugliest thing I had ever seen, bar looked to cut him in half. Helped him put on a shitty old single ply shirt, he refused to try boards, went for 605 first rep he dumped towards his neck, reset and went again in 5 minutes, perfect paused bench on his first attempt at 635. The guy is the most natural beastly presser I've ever seen.

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Post by ledfistaco » Sat Aug 02, 2014 5:28 pm

Beastly indeed!

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Post by TerryB » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:16 pm

Who couldn't bench that much if they were fat like that?
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Steve Merjanian at Muscle Beach.
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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Tue Aug 05, 2014 5:10 pm

http://www.rxmuscle.com/strength-articl ... egies.html

When I start my regular bench, I try not to get myself too tired so I can do my main workout on the incline. What I will do is, just some random numbers, 500lbs for 3 sets of 5 on the regular bench. I pick a weight that I could do at least 3 sets of 10. I use it like a warm up for the incline. I will start the incline also from warm up weights and graduate to my working sets. I will do 8-10 reps for 3-4 sets which I will try to do with weight that the last reps are very hard.

I like the incline bench because it gives me a lot of strength on my front delts and upper chest. These are very important for the strongman sport because the pressing events are very hard to split jerk and you need more pure power. The way I like to do the incline bench and actually is the way that is working for me, is to stop for a second on the chest and then try to preset the fastest you can, which is giving the explosion needed for the implement to come off the chest, of course working together with your legs. The way I place the bar on my chest for incline bench is in the middle on my chest. I have video of me doing incline if you interested to learn.


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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Fat Cat » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:16 pm

Yeah, I read that article after somebody posted about Dimitar. What he says about raw upper chest and shoulder power from inclines sounds a lot like what Fantano was saying. My experience with the exercise is limited to dumbbell inclines with bodybuilding type schemes.
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Post by Blaidd Drwg » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:20 pm

Side note....


Dimitar beat Shaw in a press medley last weekend in Ohio. To be fair, Shaw was probably exercising throttle control but no one else was close except Oberst who has pressed a 485 log.
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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Bob Wildes » Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:00 pm

FWIW Don Reinhoudt claimed an incline bench press of 575 for 3 reps in the Jan-Feb 2014 edition of
Power magazine. He also said that he did inclines when he was powerlifting and only did inclines, no
flat benches in preparation for the 1979 WSM contest that he won.
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Post by Fat Cat » Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:56 pm

Pat Casey was another guy who really pushed the inclines, most dumbbell inclines I believe.
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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Shafpocalypse Now » Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:19 am

Lately benching and incline benching and pressing have all not been feeling great.

Maybe I should train them more often than 1x a month

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Post by ccrow » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:28 am

If you want to do them more old school than Vlasov with his high tech Soviet gym, I tinkered around and found that a 7 foot long 2x12, leaned against the wall so the bottom is two feet from the bottom of the wall, gives you a 70 degree angle and the plates won't bump into the wall. I had very good luck with this exercise carrying over to a standing strict press. I like it better than a regular sitting down incline bench but either way it's a great exercise. I think it was a Dave Draper article that got me to try them.

Another setup I saw, probably from the 1930s or 40s, was leaning the board diagonally across a doorway. That way you could use a shorter board and get a shallower angle without worrying about it sliding out from under you. I tried that setup too, with dumbbells it's tolerable in a pinch.
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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Fat Cat » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:55 pm

I like the doorway idea. There will be no inclines for me for a while, I am focused on flat bench for the time being. I just was impressed when I saw the video, and then happened to stumble on the Ken Fantano material at more or less the same time.
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Post by Bob Wildes » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:01 pm

TomFurman wrote:Steve Merjanian at Muscle Beach.
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Post by TomFurman » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:04 pm

Lots of old time incline and overhead/seated pressing in this article.
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/I ... H0501e.pdf
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Re: Incline Benching with Yuri Vlasov

Post by Fat Cat » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:52 pm

TomFurman wrote:Lots of old time incline and overhead/seated pressing in this article.
http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/I ... H0501e.pdf
Interesting that Oliver Sacks, the neurologist was one of the strongmen listed.
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