These are incline dumbbell presses as described above, but the author dictates that you use an approximate 25-degree angle of the bench. For the geometrically illiterate, this is a little less than a third of the way from a flat bench to a vertical bench. The important thing is to pick an angle and stick with it workout to workout for that particular workout cycle, and in this instance, a relatively low angle is preferred for this workout cycle.
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The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.