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Smith Machine Close-Grip Bench Press

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Type: Strength Main Muscle Worked: Triceps Other Muscles: Chest, Shoulders Equipment: Machine Mechanics Type: Compound Level: Beginner Sport: NoForce: Push
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Smith Machine Close-Grip Bench Press
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Smith Machine Close-Grip Bench Press Guide

Main Muscle: Triceps

  1. Place a flat bench underneath the smith machine. Place the barbell at a height that you can reach when lying down and your arms are almost fully extended. Once the weight you need is selected, lie down on the flat bench. Using a close and pronated grip (palms facing forward) that is around shoulder width, unlock the bar from the rack and hold it straight over you with your arms locked. This will be your starting position.
  2. As you breathe in, come down slowly until you feel the bar on your middle chest. Tip: Make sure that as opposed to a regular bench press, you keep the elbows close to the torso at all times in order to maximize triceps involvement.
  3. After a second pause, bring the bar back to the starting position as you breathe out and push the bar using your triceps muscles. Lock your arms in the contracted position, hold for a second and then start coming down slowly again. Tip: It should take at least twice as long to go down than to come up.
  4. Repeat the movement for the prescribed amount of repetitions.
  5. When you are done, lock the bar back in the rack.

Caution: If you are new at this exercise, it is advised that you use a spotter as this exercise can be a bit challenging. If no spotter is available, then be conservative with the amount of weight used.

Variations: This exercise can also be performed with a barbell or e-z bar using the inner handle as well as dumbbells in which case the palms of the hands will be facing each other.

Same as the Barbell Close-Grip Bench Press but with a Smith Machine.

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Feb 28, 2010 7:41 PM: I use a decline bench at various angles to make the angle closer to dips. Also using the stoppers on the Smith rack allows me to overload the bar and work heavier weight at half rep.

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