Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBarbell
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypePush
  • Experience LevelIntermediate
  • Secondary Muscles
    Shoulders, Triceps
Target Muscle Group


Chest Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Guillotine Press Instructions

The Guillotine Press is the same as a barbell bench press except the bar is lowered to your neck. This causes the sternal head of the pectoralis major to be recruited strongly while minimizing secondary muscle involvement.

  1. Set up for the Guillotine Press by loading the weight you want to use on the barbell.
  2. Lay down on the bench and grasp the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing forward) with your hands wider than shoulder-width. Take the bar off the rack.
  3. Slowly lower the bar as far as possible towards your neck.
  4. Pause, then raise the bar straight back up without locking the elbows at the top of the movement.
  5. Repeat for desired reps.

Guillotine Press Tips

  • This exercise can be very dangerous. As such, you should use lighter weights and ensure you have a spotter.
  • Lower the bar slowly and control the weight during the set.
1 Comment
Posted on: Mon, 06/06/2016 - 14:35

This probably the most idiotic excercise ever. Unless using a smith machine. Please don't do this shit.