Incline Barbell Bench Press

5. Incline Barbell Bench Press

Incline Barbell Bench Press
Equipment required
Barbell, Bench
Main muscles
Chest (the clavicular bundle of the pectorals is mostly solicited due to the inclination of the bench)
Secondary muscles
Anterior deltoids and triceps

Starting position

Lying on the sloping bench with your feet flat on the floor. Grasp the bar with a grip wider than shoulder width. Your forearms should be perpendicular to the ground.


Unhook the bar and slowly lower it to the top of your chest. As you contract your pectorals, push the load upwards until your arms are almost straight.

During the whole movement:

  • Keep your elbows on the outside to put maximum stress on your chest and minimum stress on your anterior deltoids and triceps.
  • Keep your shoulders flat against the bench.