Incline Bench Press (Barbell)
- Begin by sitting in a bench that is inclined to your liking (generally 45 to 60 degrees).
- Grip the weight(s) overhand and wider than shoulder width.
- Lower the weight in a controlled manner to the nipple line, inhaling throughout the movement. (It is best to pause briefly at the bottom of the movement and not to rest the weight on your chest).
- Press and extend the arms, while exhaling throughout the movement.
- Repeat motion. (Sets should generally fall between 3 to 6 with 6-12 repetitions).
Various Methods of Exercise: Dumbbells, Barbells, Machines, or Cables
As with any pressing motion, your elbows are susceptible to injury. The best way to avoid injury, as always, is proper form. Remember to not "lock out" your elbows in the extended position. This means that before you press to the point where you cannot press any further, stop - that is, keep an ever-so-slight bend in your elbow at the top point (extension) of the movement. This won't be a concern for everybody because as was discussed earlier, everybody's body is unique in make up. So, if you aren't experienced enough to determine if this motion is a possible point of injury, just don't do it. Refraining from complete flexion by just a fraction will not detract for you training or overall strength and may very well prevent an unnecessary and possibly long-lasting injury.
A false grip - that is, a grip where the thumbs are not wrapped around the bar - can provide additional power and enable more weight to be lifted. However, a potential consequence of using this grip could be injury. If the hands are sweaty or form falters the weight may fall at the peril of you or others. Many claim that it is more comfortable to hold the bar in this manner, but for most a false grip begs for wrist hyperextension and falling weight injuries. Unless you are a professional, a false grip should prove unnecessary.
This myth pertains to women. A common myth that has propagated over the years is that doing incline presses can tone the breasts, and thereby prevent sagging. This is false. Breasts are fat - more exactly, they are comprised of adipose tissue, which is a sort of connective tissue. However, as is obvious, the more lean and healthy an individual is, the more likely they are to be pleased with the aesthetics of their appearance and overall feeling of well being.