Barbell Close Grip 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.

Barbell Close Grip Bench Press


Utility: Basic
Mechanics: Compound
Force: Push



Lie on bench and grasp barbell from rack with shoulder width grip.


Lower weight to chest with elbows close to body. Push barbell back up until arms are straight. Repeat.


Grip can be slightly narrower than shoulder width but not too close. Too close of grip can decrease range of motion, may tend to hyper-adduct wrist joint, and unnecessarily decrease stability of bar. Also see Bench Press Analysis.

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