Close-grip EZ-bar bench press

The close-grip EZ-bar bench press is an exercise targeting the chest, shoulders, and triceps. This move is more commonly done with a straight bar and is often only performed with an EZ-bar as part of a complex of movements such as pull-overs or skullcrushers.


  1. Effective bench press substitute when done with light to moderate weights
  2. Builds the chest, triceps, and shoulders
  3. Great way to link the bench press with other movements in an upper-body complex

Close-grip EZ-bar bench press Images


Close-grip EZ-bar bench press Instructions

Close-grip EZ-bar bench press muscle diagram
  1. Lie on a flat bench with an EZ bar loaded to an appropriate weight.
  2. Using a narrow grip lift the bar and hold it straight over your torso with your elbows in. The arms should be perpendicular to the floor. This will be your starting position.
  3. Now lower the bar down to your lower chest as you breathe in. Keep the elbows in as you perform this movement.
  4. Using the triceps to push the bar back up, press it back to the starting position by extending the elbows as you exhale.
  5. Repeat.