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Chest Exercises - More Strength Exercises for the Chest

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Updated November 10, 2009

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Incline Chest Press
Chest Exercises - More Strength Exercises for the Chest
Paige Waehner
A slight twist on a traditional chest press, the incline chest press is a great way to focus more attention on the upper part of the pecs. When you move to an incline (usually about 30-45 degrees), you target the clavicular head of the pectoralis major, which is a fancy way of saying the 'upper chest.' If you're at an incline, you may not be able to handle as much weight as with a flat press, so keep that in mind if you're adding this move to your upper body routine.
  1. Lie down on an incline bench or on an inclined step (as shown) and begin with the weights in each hand straight up over the chest, palms facing out.
  2. Bend the elbows and lower the arms down until the elbows are just below the chest (arms should look like goal posts).
  3. Press the weights back up without locking the elbows and bring them close together.
  4. Repeat for 1 to 3 sets of 8 to 16 reps.

Tips

  • Keep the abs contracted throughout the movement to protect your back.
  • Keep the motion slow and controlled and try not to use momentum.
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