How to perform the exercise
- Set up an incline bench so the back rest is at about a 45 degree angle.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip. (Palms facing away from you)
- Sit on the bench with your feet flat on the floor and your back and shoulders pressed firmly back against the back rest.
- Raise the dumbbells up to your shoulder level, keeping your elbows bent at 90 degrees.
- Push the dumbbells up and away from you using your shoulders and chest while straightening your arms.
- Continue raising the dumbbells until your arms are straight and the dumbbells are suspended above your chest. Hold for a count of one.
- Lower the dumbbells back towards your chest by relaxing your chest and shoulders while bending your elbows.
- Hold for a count of one
- When performing this exercise, you should use a 2:1:1 count. That is a count of two on the downward movement. A count of one to hold and squeeze.a count of one for the upward movement.
This exercise can be performed by substituting the barbell or a machine press for dumbells.