Smith Machine Bench Press Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Machine
  • Compound
  • Push
  • Beginner
  • Shoulders, Triceps
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Chest Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

Smith Machine Bench Press Instructions

  1. Set up for the smith machine bench press by placing a flat bench in the smith machine. Lower the bar and add the weight you want to use.
  2. Lay back on the bench so that your middle chest is level with the bar.
  3. Your feet should be firmly planted on the floor for support. Grasp the bar with hands at wider than shoulder width.
  4. Unload the weight and slowly lower the weight down until the bar is about one inch off your chest.
  5. Pause, then slowly raise the bar up as far as possible without locking your elbows.
  6. Repeat this movement for desired reps.

Smith Machine Bench Press Tips:

  1. Keep the rep timing slow and control the weight throughout the set.
  2. Do not "bounce" the bar off your chest.
  3. Don't lock your elbows out at the top of the movement.
  4. Use a wider than shoulder width grip so that the emphasis is placed on your chest and not front shoulder muscles.