PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To develop the
middle and upper pectoral muscles. You
can vary the angle of the incline bench
from almost flat to almost upright; the
more upright the bench, the more you
work the delts.
EXECUTION: (1) Take a dumbbell in each
hand and lie back on an incline bench.
Clean the dumbbells and hold them at
shoulder height, palms facing forward.
(2) Lift them simultaneously straight up
overhead, then lower them back to the
starting position. As a variation, you can
begin with palms facing each other and
twist your wrists as you lift so that the
palms face forward at the top, then twist
them back to the starting position as you
lower the dumbbells. You can vary the
angle at which you train from workout to
workout, or from set to set in the same
workout. If you do the latter, begin at a
steep incline and work downward
toward a flatter angle or increase the
angle set to set.