Barbell Incline Wide Reverse-grip Bench Press

Barbell Incline Wide Reverse-grip Bench Press

The Barbell Incline Wide Reverse-grip Bench Press is a compound exercise that primarily targets the upper chest muscles, along with the front shoulders and triceps. This exercise is performed on an inclined bench, with a barbell and a reverse grip, which means gripping the bar in such a way that the palms face towards the body. The incline angle of the bench places higher emphasis on the upper chest, helping to develop a well-rounded and defined chest. By using a wider grip, you engage the chest muscles even further, making this exercise effective for building upper body strength and size. In addition to targeting the chest, the Barbell Incline Wide Reverse-grip Bench Press also involves the front shoulders and triceps as stabilizer muscles. This means you get an added bonus of strengthening these muscle groups while primarily focusing on the chest. To perform this exercise safely and effectively, it is important to have proper form and control throughout the movement. It is recommended to start with lighter weights to master the technique before gradually increasing the load. Remember to engage your core muscles for stability and maintain proper breathing throughout each repetition. Incorporating the Barbell Incline Wide Reverse-grip Bench Press into your upper body workout routine can contribute to overall chest development and upper body strength. As with any exercise, it's essential to listen to your body, maintain proper form, and gradually progress as you become more comfortable and experienced. Remember to consult with a fitness professional for personalized instruction and to ensure this exercise is suitable for your individual fitness level and goals.


  • Lie back on an incline bench with a barbell placed on the floor or on a rack just above your chest level.
  • Grasp the barbell with a reverse (underhand) grip, wider than shoulder-width apart.
  • Lift the barbell off the rack and hold it directly above your chest with your arms fully extended, keeping a slight bend in your elbows.
  • Lower the barbell slowly towards your chest while keeping your elbows tucked in and your upper arms at a 45-degree angle to your torso.
  • Pause for a brief moment when the barbell is just above your chest.
  • Push the barbell back up to the starting position by extending your arms, while maintaining control and proper form.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Once finished, carefully rack the barbell back onto the rack.

Tips & Tricks

  • Begin with a lighter weight and gradually increase the load to avoid strain or injury.
  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the entire movement.
  • Engage your core and squeeze your shoulder blades together for stability.
  • Control the barbell on the eccentric (lowering) phase to maximize muscle activation.
  • Breathe deeply and exhale as you push the weight up for better overall performance.
  • Use a spotter or assistance when lifting heavier weights to ensure safety.
  • Incorporate this exercise into a well-rounded chest and upper body workout routine.
  • Warm up adequately before starting with a lighter weight to prepare your muscles.
  • Avoid excessive arching of the back by maintaining a slight natural curve.
  • Listen to your body and give yourself rest days between workouts to prevent overtraining.


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