Incline Dumbbell Press: Muscles Worked & Technique

Incline Dumbbell Press exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Incline Dumbbell Press

Muscles worked in incline dumbbell press

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Incline Dumbbell Press

  • Sit on a bench, and lift a pair of dumbbells up to the starting position.
  • Press the dumbbells up to straight arms, while exhaling.
  • Inhale at the top, or while lowering the dumbbells with control back to your shoulders.
  • Repeat for reps.


The incline dumbbell press is a mixture of the dumbbell chest press and the shoulder press, and both the front deltoids as well as the upper portions of the chest muscles are trained in this exercise. Thanks to the inclination of the bench, many experience this exercise as easy on their shoulders, and that they can get a nice, long range of motion.

The exercise can also be performed with a barbell (see incline bench press), which increases the stability.

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