- Sit on seat with lower chest at height of parallel handles.
If available, push foot lever until handles are within grasping
range. Grasp parallel handles.
- Press lever bars up until arms are extended. Return weight
until shoulders or chest feels slightly stretched. Repeat.
- Some machines have foot levers to position handles in a more
comfortable starting position. If available, push lever with
foot, grasp bar, and release foot lever.
- Seat should be adjusted so handles are to sides of lower
chest. Parallel grip tends to place shoulders in a more stable
position, with arms closer to sides, which may be more ideal
for those with certain shoulder issues. Also see exercise performed
with standard grip providing
greater emphasis on chest development.