Smith Decline Bench Press

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Smith Decline Bench Press


Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
Mechanics: Compound
Force: Push



Lie supine on decline bench with feet under leg brace and chest under bar. Grasp bar with wide oblique overhand grip. Disengage bar by rotating bar back.


Lower weight to chest. Press bar until arms are extended. Repeat.


Range of motion will be compromised if grip is too wide. Latissimus Dorsi involvement is low on Decline Bench Press (Barnett 1995). Also see Bench Press Analysis.

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