The primary muscles stressed in this movement are the chest muscles pectoralis major and minor). The secondary muscles stressed are the shoulders and triceps.
Grab a dumbbell in each hand and carefully lay on an incline bench set at a 30-45 degree angle with your arms extended up toward the ceiling (2 inches apart). Push your chest up and squeeze your shoulder blades together. This will help to isolate the upper and central muscles in the chest.
Take two to three seconds to lower the dumbbells until your elbows are at 90 degrees with the dumbbells outside your chest. Keep your elbows straight up and down and your elbows out to the side. Press the dumbbells straight up to the starting position (two inches apart). Contract your chest muscles hard during the movement.
- When pressing the dumbbells up to the starting position do not overextend your shoulders and raise them off the bench. This will help isolate the chest muscles.
- Keep your feet flat on the floor to help balance your body.
- Do not overextend your shoulders when pressing the dumbbells up. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to your shoulders.
- Do not excessively arch your back or raise your hips off the bench. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to your back.
- Do not lower the dumbbells any faster than two to three seconds. You must stay in control at all times during this movement. The faster you perform this movement, the less control you will have which will increase your risk of injury.
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