Defining Your Chest with Hammer Strength Incline Press

I wanted to share one important element of yesterday’s chest workout. Before I get started, yes, I am and will always be a fan of using free weights. But I also think it’s important to integrate other types of exercises to build a well-balanced physique, especially chest. I want to demonstrate how I often use the Hammer Strength Incline Press.

It seems I’m on this Hammer Strength kick as I talked more about this in Monday’s back workout post. I typically use the Hammer Strength Incline Press machine towards the end of my chest workout, and there’s some specific methods I use.

Chest Workout with Hammer Strength Incline

  • Incline Bench Press
    • 5 sets x 10 reps
  • Bench Press (superset with below exercise)
    • 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Flyes
    • 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Hammer Strength Incline Press
    • 3 rest-pause sets x 15+ reps
  • Cable Crossovers
    • 3 sets x 12 reps

Chest Exercises - Hammer Strength Incline 1

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Variations of Hammer Strength Incline Press

For this particular workout, I did rest-pause sets on the Hammer Strength Incline Press machine. This is where you perform a set, rest about 7 seconds, and go again using the same amount of weight. I’ll also sometimes do drop sets and extremely controlled reps (negatives) for this exercise.

Here are the different techniques you can use the Hammer Strength Incline Press machine for in your chest workouts:

  • Rest-pause sets
  • Drop sets
  • Negatives
  • Concentrated reps
  • Uni-lateral reps
  • Supersets (with another exercise)

Building and Defining Your Chest

I recall when I first started training I often got the question ‘How much can you bench?’ So although my bench press was extremely weak, that was my ‘bench’ mark (forgive the pun). It wasn’t until later when I learned building and defining your chest was much more than moving a pile of weight from one point to another.

Bench press is indeed a great exercise for building your chest muscles. But it’s more in the way you perform the exercise that will determine the true size shape of your chest, along with other exercises and techniques to be integrated.

The Best Chest Workout

My best chest workouts don’t always involve going heavy. If they do, it’s usually only the first exercise where I work up to a heavy weight on the final sets. Iv’e learned that in order develop your chest muscles you need to ensure the muscle is doing the work. It takes a variety of chest exercises and techniques to accomplish this.

I use Hammer Strength Incline Press to get that extreme pump towards to end of my chest workout. This machine allows you really focus on the muscle rather than balancing the weight with free weights. Again, I’m not knocking free weights; I’m a huge fan of using barbells and dumbbells for the bulk of your workouts. The Hammer Strength Incline Press machine just adds another element to build and shape your chest muscles.

Train with Passion,


2 Comments on Defining Your Chest with Hammer Strength Incline Press

  1. Jason,
    One day can you Blog about Rest -Pause?
    I’m curious about what you think. On the surface it appears almost perfect for your lifestyle. With you always on the clock before your job and commitments. The system accomplishes fatiguing the muscle, cuts out time because there is minimal rest and no weight changes. As the sets increase the reps will lessen and the feeling of going to failure will exist. Add a hold lift to the last set and you will leave that muscle part exhausted. Now I do see how this could be mentally grueling after time but what if this was used on a twice a week full body routine, where a person would only use one maybe two of their FAVORITE exercises. This way there would be excitement throughout the routine and not a feeling of possible redundancy and less than total commitment to each body part.

    Thanks Jason,
    PS. Love working out to your album!

    • Hey Sean, I’ve written about rest-pause in many posts but perhaps I should do a write up specific to this technique. It is quite a time saver and yes, it’s pretty grueling too! It definitely exhausts the muscle for sure. In order to not burn out, I’ll typically only do rest-pause sets for 1 exercise during a workout.
      And thank you for supporting my album man, I definitely appreciate that!

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