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The Incline Dumbbell Press is an upper body exercise that primarily targets the chest but also works the shoulders and triceps. This is a compound exercise which is well suited to intermediate lifters.



  • Lie back on an incline bench with two dumbbells in line with the top of your chest. Your palms should be facing away from you and your elbows should be at an angle of 45-60 degrees to your torso.
  • Squeeze your chest and press the dumbbells up until your arms are fully extended and the dumbbells are side by side.
  • Lower the weight slowly back to the start position, focusing on keeping the dumbbells under control at all times.

Chest Muscle Diagram.

Chest Muscles