Close-Grip Barbell Bench Press

The close-grip barbell bench press is an upper-body pressing drill that emphasizes building strength in the triceps as well as the chest. This exercises also increases upper body pushing strength. By placing your hands closer than shoulder-width apart, you force your triceps to do more of the work, thus making this an effective arm-building exercise. If you experience shoulder pain, a slight incline is preferred or dumbbells are suggested.