The incline dumbbell press is almost identical to the bench press, except that it’s done on an inclined bench. The inclined dumbbell press helps target the top of your chest muscles and the lower part of your shoulder muscles. It’s a great variation that you shouldn’t ignore if you want to hit all the areas around the chest. When done with dumbbells, it gives better isolation.
How to Do It:
1. Lie on an incline bench with a dumbbell in each hand on top of your thighs, palms facing each other.
2. Using your knees to help bring the dumbbells up, hold them out to the sides with your elbows bent at about 90 degrees, your palms facing toward your lower body.
3. This will be your starting position.
4. Exhale as you extend your arms and bring the dumbbells together above your head so that your arms are perpendicular to the floor.
5. After a brief pause, inhale as you return the dumbbells to the starting position.
Note: If you’re an incline bench virgin, have a trainer show you how to do it properly. Be conservative with the weights you use and make sure the bar doesn’t drift too forward.