Incline Chest Press

Learn how to perform an incline bench press with video and instructions by SHOCK App trainer, Ashley Steele.

How to Incline Chest Press

Primary Muscles: Upper Body,  Chest

Equipment: Dumbbell

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Incline a bench and lay flat, with good posture, a natural arch in the lower back, and your feet braced firmly on the floor.

  2. Position the dumbbells horizontal to the body and aligned over the shoulders. Begin with the elbows pointed outward, the wrists straight, and the core and trunk muscles contracted.

  3. Slowly lower the arms and allow the hands to separate, keeping them just inside the elbows. Continue to lower the arms until the upper arm is about parallel with the floor, with the hands slightly inside the elbows.

  4. Keep your core strong, hold the down-position briefly, slowly exhale, and press the arms, and dumbbells back to the starting position. Repeat the movement for the specified amount of time or repetitions. 

  5. You should feel this working the chest, arms, shoulders, and triceps.

Alternative Exercises:

Foam Roller Press  BOSU Ball Press

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