Starting Position: Sit on the edge of an incline bench. Pick up a dumbbell with each hand, place them on your thighs, and then, one at a lime, position them at the base of your shoulders. Lean back, get firmly situated on the bench, and you're ready to go.
Don't set your bench at too .steep of cm incline, or you 'II work your shoulders more than your chest.
The Exercise: Press the weights up to a point over your upper chest, and hold 'em there for a count of one. Then, inhale deeply as you lower the weights to the starting position. Hold the weights in the bottom position for a brief count of one, and then exhale and drive 'em back up.
Because of the angle and leverage, you probably won't be able to lift as much as you can on the fiat dumbbell bench press, but that's okay—we're trying to set a record for how much we can improve ourselves; we're not trying to set any weight lifting records.
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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.