How to Do Machine Chest Press: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Machine Chest Press exercise instructions

Muscles Worked in Machine Chest Press

Muscles worked in machine chest press

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Machine Chest Press

  1. Adjust the machine to the appropriate settings, sit down, and grip the handles.
  2. Press the handles forward until your arms are straight.
  3. Bring the handles back to the starting position with control.


The machine chest press is an exercise that offers more stability, and requires less balance and coordination than chest presses with for example dumbbells or a barbell. That could lead to increased focus on the muscles worked, and also makes it easy to learn for a beginner.

See also: Chest Press vs. Bench Press: Pros and Cons

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