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How to Do an Incline Dumbbell Bench Press

Learn how to do an incline dumbbell bench press from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this home chest workout for men video from Howcast.


Hi guys. This is Max Tapper again with Howcast. Today I'm going to show you how to do an incline dumbbell press. All right? Now, basically the incline means our bench is going to be slanted up. So, the purpose of a incline bench press is to work our upper pec and the front of our shoulder. All right. Now, this is the position we're going to be in. Let's scoot back. This is our starting position. We need to make sure that our shoulders are pinched back and our chest is out. All right. Now, out to the side, down to about parallel to the floor, and we're back up to the top. Out to the side. Parallel to the floor, back up to the top. Out to the side. Parallel to the floor, and in. Now, one tip for you guys is when you're doing this type of dumbbell press, you do not need to bring the bar or the dumbbell to your chest. Depending on how long your arms are, that'll put you at a huge mechanical disadvantage and a lot more stress on the shoulder again. So, be very cognizant of where your arms are in space. Parallel to the floor for your upper arm is going to be more than enough to recruit all the muscle fibers you need in your chest. Now, one tip I have for a incline bench press is to make sure that the weight you're handling is right for you. Now, if your back is arching too much when you're pressing, you're putting too much stress on your lower spine, and obviously that's a no-no. So, handle a weight that you can control. The incline press is harder than the flat bench, so you will not be using the same amount of weight. Just remember that. When we kick back and go into our press, you never want to see this coming off the bench. You want to make sure you're able to control it 100% of the time. Up and in. Enjoy. Stay safe.

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