Here at The Fitting Rooms, we often favour a neutral grip (palms facing each other) for pressing movements, particularly the dumbell chest press.

In a nutshell this is why:

– It is a training variation and therefore a new stimulus;

– It is easier on the shoulders: neutral grip will not cause the same shortening of the pectorals and subscapular muscles often associated with pronated (overhand) grip;

– It allows greater range of movement, leading to more hypertrophy and greater range of strength;

– There is more involvement of the serratus muscle group, leading to better shoulder stability and health;

– It provides more functional carry over to sports.

Why not give it a go!