Close Grip Bench Press: Proper Form, Benefits, Muscles Worked

By , February 25th, 2018 | Tricep workouts | 0 Comments

The close grip bench press, otherwise popular as close grip barbell bench press, is a strength-gaining, upper-body pressing exercise that engages your triceps and the chest muscles. It is a staple in any training regimen and is generally used by not only bodybuilders but also by ordinary gym trainees.

Close Grip Bench Press Benefits

  • By using a closer than shoulder-width grip, you put more stress on your triceps than the wide grip variation and thus force it to do more work.
  • It is a compound mass building workout that puts less strain on your elbows, allowing you to lift more weights than you could with an isolation exercise.

Close Grip Bench Press Exercise Information

Other Names Close Grip Bench Press with Barbell
Exercise Type Strength
Skill Level Beginner
Equipment Needed Barbell
Muscles Worked Primary: Triceps; Secondary: Chest, shoulders
Mechanics Compound
Force Type Push
Alternative Forms/Substitute Chest Dips, Reverse Triceps Bench Press
Variations Lying EZ Bar Triceps Extension, Close Grip Dumbbell Bench Press

How to do Close Grip Bench Press

  • Assuming a seated position on a bench, grab a barbell and lift it from the rack with your hands placed closer than your shoulder width. Push it upwards until your arms are locked out. It is your initial position.
  • Slowly bring the bar down until you feel it in the middle of your chest.
  • After pausing for a second, use your triceps muscle to push the bar back to your starting position. Lock your arms at the top and hold the position for a second before coming down again.
  • Repeat the steps for the recommended amount of repetitions.
  • Place the weight back on the rack.

How to Close Grip Incline Bench Press

  • Lying back on an incline bench, grab the barbell from the rack with a slightly narrower grip than your shoulder width and lift it over your chest until the arms are locked out. It is your initial position.
  • Lower the bar slowly to the middle of your chest while breathing in. Make sure to keep your elbows close to the body throughout the exercise for maximum triceps involvement.
  • Push the barbell back to your initial position while you breathe out.
  • Repeat the steps for the recommended amount of repetitions.

How to do Close Grip Dumbbell Bench Press

  • Hold a pair of dumbbells with your palms facing in (neutral grip) and sit on a bench, positioning the ends of the weights on your hips.
  • After lying on your back, push the weights up and hold them at your chest level. Raise the dumbbells to the lockout position at the top. It is your initial position.
  • Continue lowering the dumbbells under control until they touch your chest.
  • Press them up again to the initial position.
  • Repeat the above steps for the recommended number of reps.

Close Grip Bench Press Tips

  • Use a spotter to assist you in lifting the bar off the rack. If no one is available, start with the lighter weights.
  • Do not allow the weight drift excessively forward.
  • Do not let the weight bounce off your chest or touch the chest with excess momentum.

Video: Close Grip Barbell Bench Press Proper Form

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