Reverse-grip Incline Bench Press

This is an advanced progression of the reverse-grip bench press exercises. The incline angle and reverse grip places more demand on the upper chest and triceps muscles.

Step by step instructions

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Exercise Steps 1


Position your body on an incline bench at a 30-45-degree angle. Grab a barbell with an underhand grip, palms facing toward you, shoulder-width apart, and hold it above your chest. Extend arms upward, locking out elbows.

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Exercise Steps 2


Lower the bar straight down in a slow, controlled movement to your upper chest. Pause, then press the bar in a straight line back up to the starting position.

Mistakes and Tips

  1. Do not let the elbows flare out. Keep the elbows close to your sides throughout.
  2. Do not hyper extend the neck. Maintain a neutral long spine.
  3. Make sure to complete the full descent and touch the chest with the bar. Do not lower bar to the neck.

Advanced Variations