An Incline Press Antagonist

September 27, 2021 | John Paul Catanzaro

Lean-Away Pull-Up

It’s a good idea to pair antagonist (opposite) body parts or movement patterns in strength training. When it comes to primary exercises for the upper body, a pull-up pairs nicely with an overhead press and a row with a flat bench press.

What about an incline press?

The lean-away pull-up is a great choice. Take a look:

You’ll also notice another antagonist exercise pair in that video clip, a pronated triceps pressdown and a low-pulley reverse curl. That was then followed by two remedial exercises.

Bottom Line: Pairing antagonists helps to increase range of motion, promotes muscle balance around a joint, improves recovery between sets, and ultimately improves performance. Do it as often as possible for your primary and accessory exercises.