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Incline Chest Press

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Incline Chest Press 

Primary Muscles:
Pectoralis Major, Clavicular

chest press muscles

Deltoid, Anterior, Triceps Brachii

Level of Difficulty:  (4/10)   

Scale 4

     • 10-15 Reps - General toning 
  • This exercise is the same as DB chest press but the bench is on an incline 
  • Sit down on the bench with dumbbells resting on your thighs. 
  • When ready bring the weights to the shoulder and lie back. 
  • Position dumbbells to sides of chest with bent arm under each dumbbell. 
  • Push dumbbells up toward ceiling with elbows to sides until arms are extended. 
  • Lower weight to sides of upper chest until slight stretch is felt in chest or shoulder. 

Teaching Points  

  • Dumbbells should follow slight arch pattern, above upper arm between elbow and chest at bottom, traveling inward over each shoulder at top. 
  • Do not lock the elbow joint once your arms are extended 
  • Exhale as you raise the arms up and inhale as you lower the arms 
  • Ensure lower back is supported. This can be achieved by pressing the lower back into the bench. 



  • Use a lighter weight 
  • Decrease range of movement  
  • Use a barbell 
  • Increase the weight  
  • Place your feet on the bench or block 
  • Use a spot if using very heavy weights