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Smith Machine Reverse Decline Close Grip Bench Press

Smith Machine Reverse Decline Close Grip Bench Press

The Smith Machine Reverse Decline Close Grip Bench Press is a compound exercise that primarily targets the muscles in the chest, triceps, and shoulders. This variation of the bench press adds an extra challenge by incorporating a decline angle and a close grip on the bar. The decline angle of the bench engages the lower chest muscles more intensely, helping to sculpt and strengthen the entire pectoral region. Additionally, the close grip on the bar places more emphasis on the triceps, allowing for greater development and definition in this muscle group. The shoulders also benefit from this exercise as they work to stabilize the weight throughout the movement. Using the Smith Machine for this exercise provides stability and controlled movement, making it suitable for both beginners and advanced lifters. It also reduces the risk of injury often associated with free-weight exercises. To maximize the effectiveness of the Smith Machine Reverse Decline Close Grip Bench Press, it is important to maintain proper form throughout the movement. This includes keeping your back flat against the bench, engaging your core for stability, and lowering the bar with control to fully stretch the chest muscles. As with any exercise, it is essential to select an appropriate weight to challenge yourself without sacrificing form. Incorporating the Smith Machine Reverse Decline Close Grip Bench Press into your workout routine can help you develop a strong, defined chest, triceps, and shoulders. Remember to combine this exercise with a well-rounded fitness program that includes cardio, flexibility training, and a balanced diet to achieve optimal results.


  • Lie face-up on a decline bench with your feet secured under the padded rollers and your upper back against the bench.
  • Grasp the barbell on the Smith machine with a narrow overhand grip, palms facing towards you, and lift it off the rack. Hold it above your chest with your arms extended.
  • Lower the bar slowly and with control towards your chest, keeping your elbows close to your body and your forearms pointing straight up.
  • Pause for a moment when the bar is just above your chest, then press it back up to the starting position by straightening your arms.
  • Repeat the movement for the prescribed number of repetitions, maintaining proper form and breathing throughout the exercise.
  • Once you have completed the set, carefully rack the barbell back onto the Smith machine.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form and technique throughout the exercise.
  • Start with a weight that allows you to perform the exercise with control and good form.
  • Engage your core and keep your body stable throughout the movement.
  • Control the lowering phase of the movement and avoid letting the weight drop too quickly.
  • Exhale as you push the weight up and inhale as you lower it down.
  • Gradually increase the weight as you become stronger and more comfortable with the exercise.
  • Consider using a spotter for safety and assistance when needed.
  • Incorporate this exercise into a well-rounded workout routine that targets all major muscle groups.
  • Listen to your body and adjust the weight and intensity accordingly.
  • Give yourself enough rest and recovery time between sets and workouts.

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