Close Grip Bench Press
The close grip bench press is a variation on the regular bench press. A close grip bench press
is a regular bench press but with your arms positioned close on the bar. It may seem like a small change, but
moving your hands to about 18-24 inches apart on the bar totally changes the muscles worked. The close grip bench press
shifts the emphasis to your triceps and to a lesser extent your shoulders lower chest.
The close grip bench press is best for building up tricep strength. Using the close grip bench press to increase tricep strength will
help you increase your bench press. Your triceps play a huge role in how much you can bench.
How to perform the close grip bench press
Lie face up on a flat bench, with your feet position widely and firm on the floor. Grip the bar directly above your
shoulders (you may go further in, to focus more on triceps).
Close grip bench press setup
Slowly lower the bar to your middle chest keeping your wrists straight, and your elbows close to your body. Pause,
then push the bar straight up to the starting position over your chest. Do not lock your elbows back at the top!
Close Grip Bench press tips and safety advice
This is great exercise to really gain strength in your triceps. So you can use the close grip bench press
in your tricep workout as well.
When doing the close grip bench press, to really hit those triceps, keep your elbows tucked in at your side
throughout the exercise. You'll notice the extra work for your triceps immediately!
Some benchers like to use the close grip bench press in their tricep workout, not their bench press workout. The close
grip bench press is one of the best exercises for building tricep strength. Keep the weight high and the reps down.