Cable Chest Press

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    Andre Merulli
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    Hey Joe/Bryce

    New here and love the app! This is a tremendous resource.

    Had a quick question about the cable chest press. I’ve seen Hunter Labrada use a lot of exercises that you recommend but I don’t see Joe recommend or demonstrate the cable chest press. It seems like hunter uses this as a staple exercise and just wanted to get your thoughts on it’s effectiveness?

    I’ve been experimenting with it and it seems to have a good resistance profile as it provides great chest tension at lockout due to the cable angle, similar to roller fly. For this reason it seems like an argument could be made that it’s a superior option compared to DB or BB movements.

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    BryceBahm
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    Andre Merulli
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    Thanks Bryce.

    I definitely understand what you are saying about the load ability. It’s hard to get into position without the right set up.

    I’d imagine the roller fly loads the lengthened position better than the press though. Hunter did both exercises (cable chest press & fly) in this particular workout.

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    Joe
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    #393965
    Andre Merulli
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    Bryce and Joe

    Thank you for all the great info. I saw a video today actually where hunter said the exact same thing.

    I train at my home gym which is pretty nice but I don’t have a good chest press machine either. Aside from DBs and barbells, I do have a Freemotion dual axis cable machine which can be used for chest press and I do seem to feel this exercise better than a barbell press.

    Being that this machine has a little bit more versatility than the prime rack as far as cable set up, I normally set the cables for the chest press a little closer in, just outside of shoulder width, so the line of force is coming more from behind but still converging inward.

    For the roller fly, I do one click wider so the force is a little more biased to the side.

    From a loading pattern standpoint, does this make sense or not necessary?

    Thanks again. I’ll leave you guys alone after this last question. 🙂

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    BryceBahm
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