Smith Incline Reverse-grip Press

Smith Incline Reverse-grip Press

The Smith Incline Reverse-grip Press is an advanced upper body exercise that primarily targets the muscles in your chest, shoulders, and triceps. This compound movement is performed on a Smith machine, which provides stability and controlled movement throughout the exercise. By using a reverse grip (palms facing towards you), you engage your upper pecs and anterior deltoids more intensely. This exercise is effective for developing upper body strength, stability, and overall muscle definition. It also helps in improving posture and shoulder health by strengthening the muscles responsible for shoulder joint stability. When performing the Smith Incline Reverse-grip Press, it's important to maintain proper form and range of motion. Focus on keeping your core engaged, shoulders back and down, and elbows at a slight angle to avoid unnecessary strain. Start with a weight that allows you to complete 8-12 repetitions with proper form, gradually increasing the weight as you progress. Remember to warm up before attempting this exercise to stimulate blood flow and prevent injury. Incorporate this exercise into your upper body or push-focused workout routine to add variety and challenge your muscles in new ways. Always listen to your body, rest when needed, and stay consistent in your training to see the best results.


  • Start by placing an adjustable bench at a 45-degree angle within a Smith machine.
  • Grasp the barbell with a reverse grip (palms facing towards you) and position it at shoulder height.
  • Sit on the bench, keeping your feet flat on the floor and your back firmly against the pad.
  • Exhale and press the barbell upward until your arms are fully extended, without locking out your elbows.
  • Inhale and slowly lower the barbell back down to the starting position, carefully controlling the movement.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form throughout the exercise, keeping your core engaged and shoulders stabilized.

Tips & Tricks

  • The Smith Incline Reverse-grip Press targets the upper chest and triceps.
  • Ensure that your form is correct to maximize the effectiveness of this exercise.
  • Use a weight that challenges you but allows you to perform each rep with proper form.
  • Engage your core and keep your shoulders and back in a stable position throughout the movement.
  • Control the weight on the way down and explode up during the press to activate more muscle fibers.
  • Incorporate other chest exercises like dumbbell flies and push-ups into your routine for a well-rounded chest workout.
  • Focus on feeling the muscle contractions in your chest and triceps during the exercise.
  • Breathing is crucial, remember to exhale during the exertion phase and inhale during the eccentric phase of the movement.
  • Allow sufficient rest and recovery time between each set to avoid overtraining.
  • Consult with a professional fitness trainer or exercise specialist if you have any concerns or questions about your form or technique.


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