Incline Smith Machine Bench Press

The incline Smith machine bench press is an upper body strength exercise that targets the chest, shoulders, and triceps. The incline angle places more resistance on the upper chest and shoulders. Performing the exercise on the Smith machine also allows beginners to adapt to the movement pattern.


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    Lie on your back on an incline bench directly underneath the barbell of a Smith machine. Use an overhand grip so your palms are facing away from you and your hands are slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
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    Gripping the bar as tight as possible, press it over your chest until your arms are completely locked out. Pause, and then lower back to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Do not let your elbows flare out. Keep the elbows close to your sides throughout the exercise.
  • Do not hyperextend your neck. Maintain a neutral long spine.
  • Squeeze your chest at the top of the press.