Exercise Band Incline Chest Press

Before I hiked up Stone Mountain I was wondering if there would be good places to use as an anchor for the exercise band incline chest press, but as I was quickly reminded, you can anchor and exercise band just about anywhere! And because of that you can also workout anywhere!

Exercise Band Incline Chest Press

Primary Muscles Used

Incline Press with Exercise Band Muscles Used

Exercise Band Incline Chest Press Instructions

  • Choose an exercise band or bands that have the correct resistance for your goals.
  • For the exercise band incline chest press attach the band to an anchor point lower than your stomach, but the closer to the ground the better.  You can use a tree, door jam, railing, eye bolt, rock, or anything that is secured properly.
  • As you step away from the anchor make sure that each side is even in length, if not, the longer side will be easier and you won't work your muscles evenly, creating imbalance.
  • Make sure your core remains tight throughout the exercise.
  1. Grab the handles and bring your hands up by your shoulders, then turn around so your back is facing the anchor point.
  2. Put your feet in a staggered stance, one foot in front of the other.
  3. Bring your elbows up so they are just lower than shoulder height.
  4. Press the exercise band handles up and away from your body in a 45 degree angle.
  5. As you reach the top of the press, slowly bring your hands together and squeeze your  chest.
  6. Then slowly bring your arms back to the starting position.
  7. Keep your back straight and still throughout.
  8. Repeat.
Exercise Band Incline Chest Press Demonstration

Tim's list of benefits for the Exercise Band Incline Chest Press

  • By using exercise bands for the incline chest press your are keeping constant tension directly on the muscle, which makes the quality of each rep is vastly improved compared to just using dumbbells or machines.
  • The exercise band incline chest press is a great way to begin working on core and balance.  Since you are pressing with both arms at one time and both feet stable on the ground with a staggered , it is the easiest type of functional training, and a great way to begin the process.
  • By using exercise bands the amount of resistance increases as you stretch the bands more.  This is especially beneficial with this exercise since your muscles are stronger as they get closer to the peak contraction, this means you get added resistance as your muscles get to the stronger part of the lift.
  • Since exercise bands are a rubber band, you must keep your core tight and use stability while performing the standing row or you will lose your balance.
  • Exercise bands recruit a ton of stabilizer muscles, and on the incline chest press on of the primary stabilizers involved are the rotator cuff muscles.  So by performing  the exercise band incline chest press you are strengthening your rotator cuff muscles.
  • Since this exercise allows for your body to move freely, you can adjust the angle of your elbows, wrists, and shoulders, allowing you to avoid aggravating a sore joint by modifying the angle.

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