Guillotine Press

Guillotine Press

Exercise Summary
Primary Muscle(s) Chest
Secondary Muscle(s) Shoulders, Triceps
Equipment Barbell
Emphasis Compound
Type Push

Guillotine Press Instructions

  • Set up for the Guillotine Press the same way you would for a regular barbell bench press.
  • Focus on pinching your shoulder blades (scapulas) together as you lie back on the bench. 
    • This creates a stable shoulder position to press from.
  • Using an overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder width.
  • Try to ‘break the bar’ in half as you grip it, this will create lat and upper back tightness.
  • Lower it as close as possible towards your neck.
  • After a quick pause, press the bar back up.
  • Still continue to ‘break the bar’ apart as you press up, this will keep your form locked in.
  • Do not let your butt come off of the bench or excessively arch your back.


  • NEVER OVERLOAD this exercise. There is no reason to attempt a max effort lift on this movement.
  • Use a spotter/lighter weight, as this lift can be challenging and potentially dangerous.
  • Make sure the lowering movement is slow and the weight is controlled at all times.
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