May 23rd, 2023 3:25 PM Mr. Q Categories: Barbell
The incline press is a variation of the bench press that targets the upper chest muscles (clavicular portion of the pectoralis major) as well as the shoulders and triceps. It involves lying on an inclined bench and pressing a barbell away from your chest at an incline angle.
Possible Stretches to do prior to exercise:
- Chest stretches
- Shoulder stretches
- Arm circles
Warmups to do prior to exercise:
- Perform light cardio exercises like jogging or jumping jacks to increase blood flow and warm up the body.
- Do some dynamic stretches for the upper body, such as arm swings or shoulder rotations.
How to select the proper weight: Choose a weight that challenges your muscles while allowing you to maintain proper form and control throughout the exercise. Start with a lighter weight if you’re new to the exercise and gradually increase the weight as you become more comfortable and stronger. The weight should not compromise your form or put excessive strain on your joints.
- Set an incline bench to a comfortable angle (typically between 30 to 45 degrees).
- Lie on the bench with your feet planted firmly on the ground, your lower back pressed against the bench, and your shoulder blades retracted.
- Position yourself under the barbell, ensuring it is aligned with your eyes and your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
- Grip the barbell with an overhand grip, hands positioned just outside shoulder-width.
- Unrack the barbell, straighten your arms, and hold the weight directly above your upper chest with your elbows locked.
- Inhale and lower the barbell in a controlled manner towards your upper chest, keeping your elbows at a 45-degree angle to your body.
- Pause briefly when the barbell touches your chest, maintaining tension in your chest muscles.
- Exhale and push the barbell back up to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
- Repeat the movement for the prescribed number of reps.
How to reduce the difficulty: To make the exercise easier, you can:
- Use a lighter weight or no weight at all, focusing on mastering the movement and maintaining proper form.
- Perform the exercise with dumbbells instead of a barbell, allowing for more individual arm control and less strain on the shoulders.
- Use a lower incline angle or adjust the bench to a flat position.
How to increase difficulty: To make the exercise more challenging, you can:
- Increase the weight you’re using, either by adding more weight plates to the barbell or using a heavier barbell.
- Perform the exercise on a higher incline bench to increase the emphasis on the upper chest muscles.
- Use slow and controlled eccentric (lowering) movements or pause at the bottom position for an isometric hold to increase time under tension.
- Beginner: 8-12 reps
- Intermediate: 12-15 reps
- Advanced: 15-20 reps
Estimated time for exercise: 10-15 minutes
Muscle Group(s):Chest, Shoulders, Triceps
Secondary:Deltoids (Anterior), Triceps Brachii