How To Do Smith Machine Incline Press

Smith Machine Incline Press Exercise

Smith machine incline press is a terrific exercise to build upper body strength and power as it’ll primarily hit the chest, shoulders, as well as the triceps.

Do this whenever you don’t have a spotter around and want to challenge yourself with a heavy weight.

By using the incline, you’ll hit more of the upper pectoral area compared to doing the flat smith machine press.

Smith Machine Incline Press How To

  • Lay down on an incline bench, positioned just beneath the smith machine.
  • Place the hands on the bar using a slightly wider than shoulder width overhand grip.
  • Press up to unrack the weight and then slowly lower the bar down to the sternum.
  • Pause in this lowered position and then press back up to complete the rep.
  • Continue until all reps are completed.

Form and Technique

While doing this exercise, avoid hyperextending the elbows at the top of the exercise but rather keep a slight bend to maintain tension on the muscles at all times.

Variations:   Smith Machine Bench Press, Incline Dumbbell Press

Routine for Strength:  3 sets x 12-15 reps

Routine for Muscle Gains:  4-5 sets x 6-8 reps

Smith Machine Incline Press