Fitness Documentation Logo - Partner for your fitness journey

Incline Smith Machine Press Guide

  1. Exercise Type: Compound - engages and works multiple muscle groups at the same time.
  2. Targeted Muscle Groups:
    • primary: chest, upper chest
    • secondary: triceps, front deltoids
    • tertiary: trapezius, rotator cuff, serratus anterior
    • quaternary: abs

How to perform?

The Incline Smith Machine Press is a game-changer for honing in on the upper pectoral muscles. This exercise places the utmost emphasis on the upper chest, providing a direct and intense workout that contributes to that coveted chiseled look. Beyond the upper pecs, this exercise also engages the front deltoids and triceps, creating a comprehensive upper-body engagement that's hard to beat.

One of the standout features of the Incline Smith Machine Press is its unparalleled safety. Compared to its counterpart, the incline barbell press, this exercise significantly minimizes the risk of injury. The Smith machine's guided motion ensures a stable range of movement, reducing the chances of strain or incorrect form that can often accompany free weights. This makes it an ideal choice for those seeking effective muscle targeting without compromising safety.

Steps to perform:

  1. Set up an incline bench at a 45-degree angle under a Smith machine bar.
  2. Position yourself on the bench, ensuring your back and shoulders are supported.
  3. Grasp the bar with a grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
  4. Unrack the bar and lower it to the upper part of your chest.
  5. Inhale as you lower the bar down in a controlled manner.
  6. Keep your elbows at a slight angle and avoid locking them out.
  7. Exhale as you push the bar back up to the starting position.


Similar Exercises

Fitness Documentation Logo - Partner for your fitness journey

Fitness Documentation

Fitness Documentation is a centralized hub for everything fitness-related you can find online, except you can now get it in one place without having to scour the web. Our goal is to provide our users with the latest and greatest workout plans available anywhere online. On Fitness Documentation you can find free workout programs from industry legends and icons, such as David Laid and Chris Bumstead, to name but a few.


  • Training Programs
  • Exercises
  • Categories
  • About
  • Blog


  • facebook
  • instagram

Premium Content

The paid PDF files offered on FitnessDocumentation contain the same information you can find for free on our website, but they've been specifically structured in a PDF format to make them incredibly more readable and user-friendly. You can also download them and keep them on your local storage (for example your phone) for fast and easy offline viewing. You're paying for the PDF file and the well-organized structure, but the basic information can be found on the website for free.

Email: [email protected]

Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved