Smith Machine Decline Press

Exercise / Chest

Smith Machine Decline Press overview

The Smith Machine Decline Press is a variation of the bench press that targets the lower part of the chest. Utilizing the Smith Machine provides stability and control, allowing for a focused workout on the lower pectoral muscles. Explore the specifications, step-by-step instructions, and variations to make the most of the Smith Machine Decline Press in your chest training routine.

The Smith Machine Decline Press emphasizes the lower chest muscles, contributing to improved definition and strength in that specific area.

Smith Machine Decline Press how to perform

  • Step 1: Set up a decline bench underneath the Smith Machine bar and ensure it is securely locked in place.
  • Step 2: Lie on the decline bench with your eyes directly under the bar and feet flat on the floor.
  • Step 3: Grip the bar with an overhand grip, hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Step 4: Unrack the bar and lower it to the lower part of your chest, keeping elbows at a 90-degree angle.
  • Step 5: Press the bar back up to the starting position, fully extending your arms.


Perform each repetition with controlled movements, maintaining proper form and a full range of motion.

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

  • Ensure the Smith Machine bar is securely locked in place before starting.
  • Keep your back, buttocks, and head firmly positioned on the decline bench.
  • Control the descent of the bar to maximize muscle engagement.
  • Breathe in as you lower the bar and exhale as you press it back up.


  1. Close-Grip Smith Machine Decline Press: Place hands closer together for increased triceps engagement.
  2. Wide-Grip Smith Machine Decline Press: Widen your grip for a greater focus on the outer chest.
  3. Paused Reps: Introduce a brief pause at the bottom of each repetition for increased time under tension.
  4. Single-Arm Smith Machine Decline Press: Isolate each side of the chest independently for balanced development