An incline bench is a great tool to use for a variety of different exercises. Unlike a standard bench, which is entirely flat, an incline bench features a flat portion and a modified sloping section that can be adjusted to your liking and ability. By making use of this incline, you can increase or decrease the difficulty of your exercises to customize them based on your skill level and strength.
1. Practice First
Before you attempt an exercise on an incline bench, it's a good idea to make sure that you're comfortable with the exercise on a standard exercise bench. Try the exercise a few times to get a good sense of the weight level that you'll use and the motions of the exercise.
2. Set the Bench Height
It's crucial that you set the bench height properly, as this will influence the total difficulty level of the exercise that you do. Most incline benches have a knob underneath the surface of the bench. Pull out the knob and adjust the height of the bench accordingly.
3. Lock the Bench
The most crucial part of the setup process when using an incline bench is locking it in place. If you don't lock the bench in position, you'll run the risk of injuring yourself as you work out. Move the bench slightly from the place that you'd like it as you release the knob. Move it up and down until the knob clicks into place in one of the notches on the bench stand. Check on the security of the incline bench by pressing down on it firmly with your hands. It will now be safe to use.