Barbell Incline Chest Press


Intermediate to Advanced



Type of exercise

How to

  • Position the bench at a 45-degree angle under the bar so that the bar lines up across the top of your chest line.
  • Before you add weight, make sure the bar is in a position to start.
  • The bar alone is 15 pounds without weight.
  • Place the safety clips so that they allow proper distance for you and the bar to move freely without injury.
  • To start, lie on a bench with an overhand grip just a touch wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Firmly grip the bar and flip the hooks back and position your hands so that they are straight in line with your wrists.
  • Keeping your head relaxed on the bench, and your feet flat on the ground, start to move the bar down towards your chest line.
  • Keep your elbows straight across the shoulder line as you press downward.
  • Slowly press the bar back up to the start position.
  • Once you have finished your desired reps, flip the hooks back onto the pegs before you exit the machine.
  • Slowly sit up and rerack your weights.



Movement Pattern: Push, Strength
Other Options:
Be Safe: Slow and controlled Movements

Kimmie Beneke
Since 2005 Kimmie has been providing professional fitness training and instruction. In the Spring of 2015, she brought her expertise to the Body First Fitness Team. She loves working with a variety of clients. From teenagers to 80-year-olds, from couch potatoes to the experienced athletes, from the self-motivated to those that need a cheerleader, Kimmie finds joy in working with them all. T.G.I.F.; The Grind . is one of Kimmie’s favorite classes to teach.