MUSCLES ENGAGED Chest Strengthening the chest muscles will help you push things easily and effortlessly. The muscles in your chest help stabilize your shoulder joint, which reduces your vulnerability shoulder joint injuries. Working your chest muscles also has an aesthetic factor (body contouring). Shoulders The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well. Equipment Used Incline Bench The incline bench is an adjustable bench used in weight training. The incline bench is most commonly used during barbell and dumbbell exercises. Exercise Instructions Step 1 While sitting on the bench, begin by raising the dumbells above your head with a slight bend in the elbows. The dumbells should be parallel with your body. Step 2 Slowly spread your arms and lower the dumbbells until they are at shoulder level. Remember to keep a slight bend in the elbows. Step 3 Pause, then raise the dumbells back to starting position and repeat action.