Incline bench press
COURTESY OF GLOBAL FITNESS
Major muscles used
- Pectorals (Upper chest)
- Deltoids (Front)
Performing an incline bench press
- Lie on an incline bench press.
- With your back flat on the bench, grip the barbell with palms facing up, about 8-12 inches wider than shoulder-width.
- Lift the barbell off the rack to the starting position, which is straight above your face, arms extended fully.
- Slowly lower the barbell until it touches your upper chest.
- Your elbows should be pointed out while the rest of your body remains in position.
- Slowly raise (push) the barbell to the starting position while flexing (squeezing together) your chest.
Don't arch your back or bounce the bar off your chest. Let the bar down slowly resisting the weight.
Hints and tips
When performing the incline bench press, and any chest exercise that uses a barbell for that matter, we suggest you use a spotter - a person who can watch and aid the exerciser if need be.
Alternative exercises to incline bench press
Courtesy of Global-Fitness.com, your Online Personal Trainer
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