Machine chest press

The machine chest press is a machine-based exercise targeting the chest. It approximates the motion of a bench press but is usually performed facing forward and seated upright. Many machines offer multiple grip options, such as overhand, neutral (palms facing), or underhand. The chest press is often performed for moderate to high reps, such as 8-12 reps per set or more, as part of a pre-exhaust or muscle-building upper-body workout.


  1. Builds size and strength in the chest, anterior delts, and triceps
  2. Easy to change weight for dropsets
  3. Safe way to push intensity and weight

Machine chest press Images


Machine chest press Instructions

Machine chest press muscle diagram
  1. Sit down on the Chest Press Machine and select the weight.
  2. Step on the lever provided by the machine since it will help you to bring the handles forward so that you can grab the handles and fully extend the arms.
  3. Grab the handles with a palms-down grip and lift your elbows so that your upper arms are parallel to the floor to the sides of your torso. Tip: Your forearms will be pointing forward since you are grabbing the handles. Once you bring the handles forward and extend the arms you will be at the starting position.
  4. Now bring the handles back towards you as you breathe in.
  5. Push the handles away from you as you flex your pecs and you breathe out. Hold the contraction for a second before going back to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for the recommended amount of reps.
  7. When finished step on the lever again and slowly get the handles back to their original place.

Variations: You can use free weights (barbells and dumbbells) to perform this exercise on a regular bench. Alternatively, you can use the pulley machine as well.