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Machine Decline Bench

This Lower Chest Exercise uses a Weight Machine and Decline Angle to Work the Lower Head of the Pectoralis Major

Welcome to our Machine Decline Bench Exercise Instruction Guide! 

On this page you'll learn how to do this chest exercise using the correct technique. Below you'll find pictures, exercise instructions, and tips on how to get the most out of this and other Weight Training Exercises so you can immediately add to your Weight Training Programs and next Chest Workout.

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Exercise Summary

Exercise Name:Machine Decline Bench
Main Muscle:Chest
Secondary Muscle(s):Deltoids, Triceps
Exercise Type:Compound, Push
Equipment Required:Machine

Exercise Description and Instruction:

Machine Decline Press is a lower chest exercise that targets the lower portion of the chest muscles from a declined angle. This bench press variation done on a weight machine.

While we typically prefer free weight exercises, exercises done on a weight machine can be a good change of pace and are often preferred by beginners. There is also no added risk of working out without a spotter if you are on a weight machine. 

machine decline bench
machine decline bench

To Perform This Exercise:

  1. Adjust the seat of the machine so that the handles are just below shoulder height and choose the appropriate weight.

  2. Exhale and press the weight forward by fully extending your arms. Squeeze your chest in the contracted position.

  3. Pause for a moment then inhale and slowly lower your hands back to starting position.

  4. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.


  1. Keep your shoulders and lower back against the bench at all times during this exercise.

  2. Do not lock your elbows when your arms are fully extended.

  3. Complete each repetition in a slow and controlled manner.

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