Barbell Bench Press-Wide Grip

The wide-grip bench pressis a compound exercise targeting the chest, primarily. The main difference between this exercise and the standard bench press is that the hands are placed wider apart on the bar.


  1. Targetsthe chest even more than the standard bench press
  2. May enable lifters to handle more weight
  3. Recruits pectoral muscle fibers differently from standard presses

Barbell Bench Press-Wide Grip Images


Barbell Bench Press-Wide Grip Instructions

Barbell Bench Press-Wide Grip muscle diagram
  1. Load the bar to an appropriate weight for your training.
  2. Lay on the bench with your feet flat on the ground, driving through your hips. Your back should be arched, and your shoulder blades retracted.
  3. Take a wide, pronated grip outside of the rings on the bar. Remove the bar from the rack, holding the weight above your chest with your arms extended. This will be your starting position.
  4. Lower the bar to the sternum by flexing the elbows. Maintain control and do not bounce the bar off of your chest. Your lats should stay tight and elbows slightly drawn in.
  5. After touching your torso with the bar, extend the elbows to return the bar to the starting position.