Incline bench work can be performed in the same way as the flat bench press, but the bench should be positioned in an incline. The greater the incline, the more involvement of the shoulder muscles, so lighter weight must be used as the incline becomes greater. Even a very small incline can work the chest muscles differently from flat bench.
- See flat bench barbell bench press for instruction details.
- When lowering the bar for incline bench press, the bar should be lowered to the chest, approximately 3-4 inches above nipple line, or higher if the incline is greater than 45 degrees.