A quick Q

1. ## A quick Q

I have been doing the regular Bench Press for a while. The other day I tried this plate-loaded machine,I just did a light load to see what it felt like. I believe it was called something like Iso-lateral Decline/incline/bench press. My question is can anyone tell me if I bench 185, what should I be putting on each side of this machine? SHould I put 185 on each side or do it like a regular bench and make the total combined weight equal 185. Here is the website http://webpages.ursinus.edu/fitnessc...equipment2.htm

2. no one can answer that for you.

put plates on the machine and press. if it is heavy then lighten the load. if it is light then add more.

3. Originally Posted by P-funk
no one can answer that for you.

put plates on the machine and press. if it is heavy then lighten the load. if it is light then add more.

4. Let me try to re-phrase the question. Since I can move the right arm and not the left or vice versa. When I push the weight with both arms, what am I pushing total. Would I just say since I have 2-45's on each side im pushing 90 or 180.

5. Originally Posted by illini4386
Let me try to re-phrase the question. Since I can move the right arm and not the left or vice versa. When I push the weight with both arms, what am I pushing total. Would I just say since I have 2-45's on each side im pushing 90 or 180.

the arms are independant of eachother. If you have 2-45's in each side then you are lifting 90lbs (unilateral loading).....not 180lbs. Just like DBs.

6. thanks

7. figure it out yourself! go to the gym and experiment!

8. p-funk, are those machines any good?

9. Originally Posted by dontsurfonmytur
p-funk, are those machines any good?

I prefer free weights.

machines aren't awful and can be used for somethings or for some variation. In general, stick with free weight/compound movements though.

10. Originally Posted by dontsurfonmytur
p-funk, are those machines any good?
I think freeweights should really be used for the purpose of variation or to bring up a weak point. Using machines and isolation exercises allows your nervous system to remain less active when compared to a similar freeweight movement while allowing you to hit the target muscle group at a higher volume.

Nonetheless, I think freeweight and compound movements should be the bulk of almost anyone's program.

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