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    just looking for some opinions on this...

    ok guys. between these two sets of exercises, which set would you choose and why. my thoughts below.

    A
    low incline bench press
    close grip floor press
    side laterals

    B
    flat bench press
    seated overhead press
    side laterals

    current goal is just as much strength and size each exercise can bring. i am currently doing B, however, I'm wondering if I should go with A because i don't feel the seated overhead press is doing anything but ballooning my front delts and tris, and with the flat bench, my front delts are getting out of control. I feel like I get no side delt stimulation from the overhead press, which is why I included side laterals (just from a vanity perspective)

    i figure if i went with A, while my front delts would probably get as much or a bit less stimulation than B, at least I would get the imaginary "upper chest" work done, and I actually feel the incline press doesn't destroy my shoulders like the flat bench does. the floor press would be strictly for triceps strength.

    bear in mind, if I was doing a standing overhead press, I would definitely include that, but since I'm in my basement, I need to do them seated, so the choice becomes seated overheads or incline bench.

    thanks guys, I know it's petty and insignificant, but that's what we're all here for right, to answer these questions?

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    I'd go with A as my shoulders are garbage and the low inclines work better for me versus flat bench.

    Good luck and good workouts!

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    I like B better.
    Flat bench is great mass builder for the chest.
    Overhead press is a great mass builder for the shoulders.
    Side laterals are in both A and B

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    actually, I made a mistake, I should have left out side laterals on the bench press/oh press combo. Added them to the other choice since there is no so called direct delt exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stewart14 View Post
    actually, I made a mistake, I should have left out side laterals on the bench press/oh press combo. Added them to the other choice since there is no so called direct delt exercise.
    Gotcha, I would have swapped the side laterals in B with the close grip floor press in A.

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    I say the B program, i super-set seated shoulder presses with side laterals and i can get that forearm/calf burn pump with that. flat bench supersets with incline flys would pretty much take care of the chest for starters,nice way to get the blood in there. In my humble opinion. Either way best of luck.

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    what is the goal? bench strength or shoulder strength?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakeypooh View Post
    what is the goal? bench strength or shoulder strength?
    bench strength, with overall shoulder joint health.

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    3 weeks of A, then 3 weeks of B, 1 week deload (I know you won't do this but you really should try it), retest weights - and repeat

    Where are the dips?
    Do it!

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