Barbell Chest Press

  • Load weight onto a barbell then lay down on the bench. Press your back flat against the bench and pull your abdominals into your lower back to stabilize your core.

  • Press the bar slowly away from your chest until your arms are straight. Pause, then bend your arms to a 90 degree bend.

  • Bench, Barbell

  • Chest 

  • Arms  Shoulders 

  • Pectoralis major, Anterior deltoids, Triceps brachii

  • TIP: Keep your elbows in front of your body with your ribs closed, not allowing your back to arch off the bench.

Variations for Barbell Chest Press

  • Smith Chest Press

    The Smith bar acts as a spotter so that you do not have to have a partner while lifting heavy weight.

  • Chest Press

    This exercise strengthens the stabilizer muscles of your chest and shoulders and is the classic way to strengthen your chest with free weights.


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