Smith Reverse-grip Press

Smith Reverse-grip Press

The Smith reverse-grip press is a popular exercise that primarily targets the triceps, chest, and shoulders, while also engaging the muscles of the upper back and core. By using a reverse grip on the Smith machine, you can effectively stimulate different muscle fibers and achieve well-rounded upper body development. This exercise is performed on a Smith machine, which provides stability and support, making it ideal for beginners or those who may struggle with free weight exercises. To perform the Smith reverse-grip press, you'll need to position yourself on a bench inside the Smith machine. Grasp the bar with a shoulder-width, underhand grip, making sure your palms are facing upwards. Lower the bar gradually towards your chest, keeping your elbows close to your body, and then slowly press it back up to the starting position. Remember to maintain a controlled movement throughout the exercise, focusing on using your chest and triceps muscles to push the weight. The Smith reverse-grip press can be an excellent addition to your upper body workout routine. It allows you to target multiple muscle groups simultaneously, helping to improve overall upper body strength and definition. However, as with any exercise, proper form is essential to maximize effectiveness and minimize the risk of injury. It's important to consult with a fitness professional or trainer to ensure you're performing the exercise correctly and safely for your individual needs and fitness level.


  • Start by adjusting the Smith machine bar to a height that allows you to comfortably lie on the bench underneath it.
  • Lie down on the bench with your chest facing up and position your body so that your eyes are aligned with the bar.
  • Reach up and grip the bar with an underhand grip, with your hands slightly closer than shoulder-width apart.
  • Unlock the bar and bring it down towards your chest while keeping your elbows close to your body and your wrists straight.
  • Lower the bar until it is just above your chest, maintaining control throughout the movement.
  • Pause briefly at the bottom of the movement and then push the bar back up to the starting position, fully extending your arms.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, ensuring proper form and control throughout the exercise.
  • Remember to exhale as you push the bar up and inhale as you lower it towards your chest.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on your grip strength to ensure a firm hold on the barbell.
  • Engage your core muscles throughout the exercise to maintain stability.
  • Control the movement by lowering the barbell slowly and with control.
  • Ensure your elbows are pointing outwards and not flared out.
  • Keep your shoulders down and back to maintain proper posture.
  • Use a weight that challenges you but still allows for proper form.
  • Incorporate different grip variations to target different muscle groups.
  • Perform the exercise in a controlled and smooth manner for maximum benefit.
  • Remember to breathe properly throughout the exercise.
  • Gradually increase weight and intensity over time to continue seeing progress.


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