Machine Chest Press: Muscles Worked & Technique

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

  • Adjust the machine to the appropriate settings, sit down, and grip the handles.
  • Press the handles forward until your arms are straight.
  • Bring the handles back again with control.


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.

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