I hate how most incline barbell press benches are set at 45 degrees.
I agree. I am forced to go into a smith machine to do 30 degree angle inclines because of this very same reason. There is no power rack at my gym I work out at to be able to do them with free weights. However, I find it feels much better to do the 45 degree angle inclines in a smith machine. It just seems to treat my shoulders a bit better.
I just wonder if the higher angle helps the upper part of the chest more. Does anyone have any feedback on that? Also, I do flat bench before I go into inclines. Do you think it is better to do inclines first?
it depends on what you want to accomplish some people do it at 20 deg and some at 60 deg all are fine. some use a bit wider than standard grip (which works upper chest better but also involves more the shoulders) and some use standard grip
so it all depends on the individual...