Incline Dumbbell Flyes

The incline dumbbell chest fly is an upper body isolation exercise targeting the upper chest and is typically used with aesthetic goals in mind. It will require less weight than an incline press, which makes it a great hypertrophy exercise with high reps.


  1. Adds size and strength to the pecs
  2. Also works the anterior deltoids, biceps, and triceps
  3. Core and lower body engagement to maintain stability on the bench

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Incline Dumbbell Flyes Instructions

Incline Dumbbell Flyes muscle diagram
  1. Hold a dumbbell on each hand and lie on an incline bench that is set to an incline angle of no more than 30 degrees.
  2. Extend your arms above you with a slight bend at the elbows.
  3. Now rotate the wrists so that the palms of your hands are facing you. Tip: The pinky fingers should be next to each other. This will be your starting position.
  4. As you breathe in, start to slowly lower the arms to the side while keeping the arms extended and while rotating the wrists until the palms of the hand are facing each other. Tip: At the end of the movement the arms will be by your side with the palms facing the ceiling.
  5. As you exhale start to bring the dumbbells back up to the starting position by reversing the motion and rotating the hands so that the pinky fingers are next to each other again. Tip: Keep in mind that the movement will only happen at the shoulder joint and at the wrist. There is no motion that happens at the elbow joint.
  6. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variations: You can perform regular flyes and also twisting flyes where your initial position starts with the thumbs facing each other instead of the pinky.