Barbell Incline Reverse-grip Press

Barbell Incline Reverse-grip Press

The Barbell Incline Reverse-grip Press is a dynamic upper-body exercise that primarily targets the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and triceps. This variation of the traditional bench press puts a unique twist on the movement by utilizing an underhand (reverse) grip, which places greater emphasis on the upper chest muscles. By performing this exercise on an incline bench, you further engage the upper chest and shoulders, creating a well-rounded upper body workout. When executed properly, the Barbell Incline Reverse-grip Press can help increase upper body strength, enhance muscular definition, and improve overall pressing power. It also engages the triceps as a secondary muscle group, contributing to improved arm strength and stability. To maximize the benefits of this exercise, it is important to maintain proper form and technique. Keep your back flat against the bench, engage your core, and ensure a controlled and smooth movement throughout the exercise. Start with a weight that allows you to perform the exercise with proper form, gradually increasing the weight as your strength improves. As with any strength training exercise, remember to warm up adequately before attempting the Barbell Incline Reverse-grip Press. Incorporate a variety of chest and shoulder stretches to properly prepare the muscles for the movement. Additionally, always listen to your body, and if you experience any pain or discomfort, adjust the weight or consult with a fitness professional to ensure proper form and prevent injury. Incorporate the Barbell Incline Reverse-grip Press into your upper body routine to add variation to your workouts and to target the upper chest, shoulders, and triceps effectively. Remember to pair this exercise with other compound movements, such as rows or pull-ups, to maintain balanced muscle development. Stay consistent, challenge yourself, and enjoy the benefits of this challenging and effective exercise.


  • Start by setting up an incline bench at a moderate angle of around 30-45 degrees.
  • Position yourself on the bench with your back flat against it, grasp the barbell with an underhand grip, and lift it off the rack.
  • Lower the barbell slowly towards your upper chest while keeping your elbows slightly flared out to the sides.
  • Pause for a brief moment at the bottom of the movement and then press the barbell back up to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, maintaining control and proper form throughout the exercise.
  • Once you've completed your set, carefully rack the barbell back on the racks and rest before performing additional sets.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the exercise.
  • Start with a lighter weight and gradually increase the weight as you become comfortable with the movement.
  • Engage your core muscles by keeping your abs tight and your back straight.
  • Ensure that your elbows are positioned at approximately a 45-degree angle from your body.
  • Inhale as you lower the bar down and exhale as you push it back up.
  • Avoid locking out your elbows at the top of the movement to keep tension on your muscles.
  • Give equal emphasis to both the concentric (pushing up) and eccentric (lowering down) phases of the exercise.
  • Allow for adequate rest and recovery between sets to prevent overtraining.
  • Incorporate progressive overload by gradually increasing the weight or the number of repetitions over time.
  • Listen to your body and consult with a fitness professional if you experience any pain or discomfort.


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