Incline Barbell Bench Press

Exercise / Chest

Incline barbell bench press overview

The Incline Barbell Bench Press is a compound exercise that targets various upper body muscle groups. This movement is particularly effective in developing the upper chest, shoulders, and triceps. Learn more about the specific muscle areas targeted and the benefits of incorporating this exercise into your workout routine.

This exercise primarily engages the upper pectoral muscles, anterior deltoids, and triceps. By performing the Incline Barbell Bench Press, you can enhance your upper body strength and definition.

Incline barbell bench press how to perform

  • Step 1: Set up an incline bench at a 15 to 30-degree angle.
  • Step 2: Lie back on the bench, ensuring your feet are flat on the floor.
  • Step 3: Grip the barbell with hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Step 4: Lower the barbell to your upper chest, keeping your elbows at a 90-degree angle.
  • Step 5: Press the barbell back up to the starting position, fully extending your arms.


Maintain controlled movements throughout, focus on proper breathing, and pay attention to your form to maximize effectiveness.

Starting position

Final position

CAUTION: Rember to consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions.

Exercise Tips

  • Warm up adequately before starting to prevent injury.
  • Start with a comfortable weight and gradually increase as you build strength.
  • Keep your back and buttocks firmly on the bench throughout the exercise.
  • Ensure a full range of motion to target muscles effectively.


  1. Dumbbell Incline Press: Substitute the barbell with dumbbells for increased range of motion.
  2. Reverse Grip Incline Bench Press: Alter your grip to target different muscle fibers.
  3. Machine Incline Press: Utilize a chest press machine for a controlled and guided movement.