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How to Do an Incline Bench Press

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


Hi, this is Max Tapper again with Howcast. Now I'm going to show you how to do an Incline Bench Press. Obviously, a bench press is the same as we would normally do it, parallel to the floor. This version's going to be a little different because our bench is going to be angled up. So it's going to give us a little more upper chest, a little more upper pec workout and anterior delts, more shoulders.

This is what it looks like. All right, look, with any type of bench press, we really want to make sure that our eyes are right under the bar. That just prevents us from getting stuck under these. This is what it's going to look like. We're going to pick our positioning by looking at the same landmarks on the bar. They're going to be an even position. Pressing up and we're going to keep this over the chest. Slow on the way down, parallel to the floor, back up to top position, slow on the way down, parallel to the floor, back up to the top position.

This Incline Bench Press is an excellent exercise for building the upper part of the chest, which many people have a problem with. It recruits a lot of the upper muscles, a lot of the shoulder muscles at the same time. It's an excellent exercise to do. And this one, you don't really have to worry about the weight. If you can handle the weight, completely fine, go and do it.

Here's one tip. Remember, in an Incline Press, you're not using the bulk of your chest, so that means you're not going to be able to lift the same amount of weight you would normally do on a flat bench. Keep that in mind when you choose how much you're going to lift.

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