Incline Barbell Bench Press

The incline barbell bench press is an upper body strength exercise that targets the chest, shoulder, and triceps. Performing this move on an incline allows for targeted emphasis on the upper portion of the chest. The incline also makes it safer and more joint-friendly for your shoulders.


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    Position your body on an incline bench on a 30-45 degree angle. Grab a barbell with an overhand grip that's shoulder-width apart and hold it above your chest. Extend arms upward, locking out elbows.
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    Lower the bar straight down in a slow, controlled movement to your chest. Pause, then press the bar in a straight line back up to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Do not lower the bar to the neck. Bring the bar to the upper part of your chest on the descent.
  • Do not hyper extend the neck. Maintain a neutral long spine.
  • Do not bounce the bar off of the chest. Lower the bar with control.