Incline Dumbbell Press Exercise Guide & Video

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Watch Incline Dumbbell Press

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Step 1. Take two dumbbells and hold them at your shoulders.

Step 2. Exhale as you press up, making sure to keep your butt on the pad and feet secure on the ground for balance.

Step 3. Gently touch the weights at the top of the motion.

Step 4. Lower the weights back into the starting position.


The incline dumbbell press is a variation on the bench press, the most basic and fundamental chest exercise. This exercise adds size and strength to the lower part of the chest. Performing this exercise with dumbbells rather than a barbell allows you to get a deeper stretch of the muscle, without putting pressure on the shoulder joints. However, it is more difficult to specifically hit the inner or outer part of the lower chest when performing this exercise. By touching the weights at the top of the press, you can develop the inner part of the lower chest and keeping the weights as far apart as possible at the top will work the outer part of the lower chest.

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Updated: April 4th, 2015