Incline Champagne Press

The Incline Champagne Press is a variation of the traditional bench press exercise. In this exercise, the bench is set at an inclined angle (usually between 30 and 45 degrees), and the dumbbells are pressed together to create tension in the shoulders and chest.

There are many benefits to doing this exercise over other chest presses.

  • One of its main benefits is that it works the upper part of the chest muscles and also trains your anterior delt.
  • This exercise puts less stress on the rotator cuff than the flat bench press.
  • Stimulate your chest muscles in new ways and potentially break through plateaus.

However, the Incline Champagne Press has mechanical disadvantages compared to the flat bench press: You can’t lift heavy weights.

I’ve found the incline champagne press to be a great addition to my chest workout routine. It allows me to target the upper chest area and add a refreshing twist to my chest workouts.

How To Do Incline Dumbbell Champagne Press

  1. Adjust the incline bench to your desired angle (30-45 degrees).
  2. Grab two dumbbells at chest level with a neutral grip (palms facing each other).
  3. Press the dumbbells together so you feel tension in your shoulders and chest, and then press the dumbbells up.
  4. Then, slowly lower them back down to the starting position. Feel the stretch in your chest muscles as the dumbbells return to almost touching at chest level.
  5. That’s one complete repetition. Perform your desired number of reps and sets.


  • Ensure that the dumbbells remain in contact with each other throughout the exercise.
  • Do the exercise with a controlled tempo, both during the lowering (eccentric) and lifting (concentric) phases of the exercise
  • Avoid locking out your elbows at the top to keep tension on the chest muscles.
  • Start with a lighter weight and gradually increase the load as you become more comfortable with the movement.

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