Dumbbell Incline Chest Press

Exercise technique:

Lying on a more or less inclined bench tending less towards the vertical (otherwise you will favor the work of the deltoids), the feet well placed on the ground, the lower back slightly arched, a dumbbell in each hand, it is a question of developing dumbbells (raise the arms vertically) after lowering more or less low to the level of the pecs.

As usual, you will focus on inflating your rib cage.

Muscles worked:

Main: pectorals, shoulders (anterior bundles), triceps
Secondary: latissimus dorsi, teres major, trapezius, biceps (short head)

The dumbbells incline chest press is an exercise that uses mainly the clavicular bundle of the pectorals (the upper fibers of the pectoralis major).

However, in some people, depending on their morphology, it can more localize the work on the shoulders.

As said before, the closer the bench is tilted to vertical, the more the anterior deltoid bundle will work, the movement approaching a military press.

Interest of the dumbbells incline chest press: 

The major advantage of this type of work with dumbbells is that you can work with a little more amplitude and therefore better stretch your pectoral. It’s a great alternative for those who don’t gain chest height with barbell exercises.

Variants of the incline press with dumbbells:

The exercise can be done by performing an internal rotation at the end of the movement to increase the shortening (contraction) of the pecs. You can also do this exercise with a rubber band (video below)

Danger / contraindication to incline press with dumbbells:

Be careful not to turn the exercise into a bench press by lifting your buttocks off.

Be careful not to over arch your lower back.