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!