Incline Bench Press: Muscles Worked & Technique

Incline bench press exercise technique

Muscles Worked in the Incline Bench Press

Muscles worked in the incline bench press

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Incline Bench Press

  • Sit on a bench, unrack a barbell and place it in the starting position at your chest.
  • Press the bar up to straight arms, while exhaling.
  • Inhale at the top, or while lowering the bar with control back to your chest.
  • Repeat for reps.


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

This exercise can also be performed with dumbbells (see dumbbell incline press), which decreases the stability.

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