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Dumbbell Incline Twist Press

Dumbbell Incline Twist Press

The Dumbbell Incline Twist Press is a challenging and effective exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in your upper body. It primarily engages your chest muscles, specifically the pectoralis major and minor, giving you a well-rounded chest workout. This exercise also activates your shoulders, triceps, and core muscles, making it a compound movement that offers great functional benefits. To perform the Dumbbell Incline Twist Press, you will need an incline bench and a pair of dumbbells. Start by adjusting the bench to a 30 to 45-degree angle while ensuring it is securely positioned. Grab a dumbbell in each hand and lie down on the bench with your feet flat on the ground. Begin with the dumbbells at shoulder height, palms facing forward. As you lower the dumbbells towards your chest, initiate the twist by rotating your wrists, so your palms face each other at the bottom of the movement. Ensure a controlled descent and keep your elbows at a 90-degree angle, forming a "goalpost" position. Pause for a brief moment at the bottom before pressing the dumbbells back up while simultaneously untwisting your wrists to return to the starting position. The Dumbbell Incline Twist Press adds a twisting motion, which activates your chest muscles in different angles and provides an additional challenge to your routine. Always start with lighter weights to focus on proper form and gradually increase as you become more comfortable and confident with the exercise. When properly executed, this exercise can help you build a stronger and more defined upper body. Remember to maintain steady breathing throughout the movement, engage your core muscles for stability, and focus on quality over quantity. Incorporate the Dumbbell Incline Twist Press into your upper body workout routine to add variety and maximize your gains.


  • Start by sitting on an incline bench with a dumbbell in each hand, held in a neutral grip.
  • Position the dumbbells at your shoulders with your palms facing each other.
  • Slowly lower the dumbbells towards your chest while simultaneously rotating your wrists so that your palms face away from you at the bottom of the movement.
  • Pause briefly at the bottom, then push the dumbbells back up to the starting position, rotating your wrists back to the starting position as you go.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form to engage the target muscles effectively.
  • Start with lighter weights and gradually increase the resistance as you become more comfortable.
  • Include a variety of chest exercises in your workout routine for overall chest development.
  • Always warm up before performing the exercise to prevent injury and enhance performance.
  • Incorporate controlled and slow movements to fully activate your chest muscles.
  • Maintain a stable and controlled motion throughout the exercise to prevent excessive strain on your joints.
  • Engage your core muscles to stabilize your body during the movement.
  • Breathe in during the lowering phase and exhale during the pressing phase.
  • Avoid using momentum to lift the weights. Focus on muscle contraction instead.
  • Stay fully present and focus on mind-muscle connection to optimize the effectiveness of the exercise.

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