Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

The incline dumbbell bench press is an upper-body strengthening exercise that targets the chest, shoulder, and triceps. The inclined position increases the exercise’s emphasis on the upper chest and shoulders. Using dumbbells allows for a greater range of motion and can help prevent any strength imbalances on either arm.

Instructions

  1. Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
    Set an adjustable bench to an incline of 30-45 degrees. Lie on your back on the bench and hold a pair of dumbbells directly above your shoulders with your arms fully extended.
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    Pull your shoulder blades together, and slightly stick out your chest. Lower both dumbbells to the sides of your chest. Pause, and then press the dumbbells back to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Keep the elbows close to your sides throughout the exercise.
  • Do not hyperextend the neck. Maintain a neutral long spine.
  • Lower the dumbbells all the way until they are level with your chest.