Incline Dumbbell Presses

Lie on an incline bench. Resist the temptation to always use a low incline. All levels of incline should be used at one time or another for balanced development.

Take a pair of dumbbells and kick them off your knees to a position just above your clavicular ("upper") pectoralis major. Your elbows should be pointing at the ground, your feet should be planted on the ground, and you should be looking ahead, which could be anywhere from the ceiling to the wall in front of you.

Press the dumbbells together overhead. Two schools of thought for bar path apply here as they do for the bench press. Select one or the other based on your goals. Do not bang the dumbbells together. This takes tension off the muscles and serves no muscle or strength building purpose.

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Stand in the parallel bar dip station and grasp them so that your forearms

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

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.

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