Standing Chest Press MachineDefinitive FAQ Guide

Developing the chest muscles is important for strength & functionality. A standing chest press machine is the best for this purpose.

It is one of the basic machines needed for a commercial gym setup. 

This FAQ guide aims to provide you with: 

  • All the relevant information
  • Facts & statistics

About standing chest press machines. It is easy to understand & detailed. It will help you evaluate the chest press machines available on the wholesale market.

And focus on the one best suited to your needs.

Let’s begin!

Table of Contents

What is a standing chest press machine?

It is a machine used to perform chest presses from a standing position. The muscles being targeted are:

  • Pectoralis – Major & minor (chest)
  • Triceps (Arms)
  • Deltoids (Shoulders)

A standing chest press machine is one of the versions of a machine press. Although all the versions target the upper body.

But each one targets a different muscle specifically.

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Figure 1 – A plate loaded, standing chest press machine

What are the types of chest press machines other than standing ones?

There are different types of chest press machines. Which include:

  • Standing chest press machine
  • Seated chest press machine
    • Incline chest press machine
    • Decline chest press machine
  • Cable bench press machine

Standing chest press machine:

A standing chest press machine works the pectorals from a standing position. And triggers muscle growth.

Seated chest press machine:

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Figure 2 – A seated chest press machine

A seated chest press provides the added safety of doing a chest press from a very stable position. The backrest also stabilizes the user during a workout.

A seated chest press machine can be either:

  • Incline
  • Decline

Incline chest press machine:

The weight is pushed upwards at an incline, away from the body.

Decline chest press machine:

The weight is pushed forwards, away from the body.

Cable bench press machine:

This has a cable attached to a weight stack which you can push away from you to isolate the pectorals.

Is a standing chest press machine pin loaded or plate loaded?

Commercial standing chest press machines are usually plate-loaded. There are two varieties available in the market.

Some versions have a backrest while others don’t. Both have no seat & are used standing up.

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Yanre Fitness manufactures a pin-loaded standing chest press machine. Which is similar to other machines but has an attached weight stack.

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Figure 6 – Yanre Fitness’s pin-loaded chest/shoulder press machine

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What are the parts of a standing chest press machine?

A standing chest press machine is built slightly differently than its seated counterparts. It has a:

  • Heavy-duty steel frame
  • 6 – 8 handle grip positions
  • 2 weight horns
  • Attached weight stack (if pin loaded)
  • Backrest
  • Safety stop
  • 2 triceps handles
  • Broad base

*Weight plates not included with the machine.


Commercial-grade machines are constructed from heavy-duty steel. This makes them sturdy & long-lasting.

The steel frame is then either powder or chrome coated. This type of finish makes the standing chest press machines rust & sweat-resistant.

Handle grip positions:

Plate-loaded standing chest press machines have 6 – 8 handle positions. To accommodate users of different heights.

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Figure 7 – Multiple handle grip positions & triceps handles on both sides

Weight horns or pins:

Each machine has two weight pins to load the weight plates on. These are at the back of the machine. 

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Figure 8 – Built-in weight horns or pins

Weight load:

As I mentioned above, most commercial standing chest press machines are plate-loaded. But Yanre Fitness manufactures a pin-loaded version. This has an attached & fixed weight stack.

For the plate-loaded variety, Olympic 2-inch plates have to be purchased separately. Or simply use any pre-existing weight plates, you may have.


Unlike a seated chest press machine, the standing version has just a backrest. It provides support while the user is in a standing position.

The backrest is not adjustable.

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Figure 9 – Backrest of a plate loaded, standing chest press machine

Safety stop:

A standing chest press machine has a safety stop at the back. Which can be easily engaged or disengaged with the back of the foot when in a standing position.

A safety stop spots the weight for you. Thus, eliminating the need for a spotter. It allows you to press more weight safely.

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Figure 10 – Disengaged safety stop of a standing chest press machine

Triceps handles:

There is a triceps handle on both sides at the back of the movement arms. This is to perform close grip, triceps presses.

Broad base:

A standing chest press machine of the plate-loaded variety has a broad base. This provides stability to the machine when in use.

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Figure 11 – Broad base of a standing chest press machine

What is the difference between a standing and a seated chest press machine?

Both a standing & a seated chest press machine target the same area of the body. The difference is in the muscles they isolate & strengthen.

The main differences between the two chest press machines are:


  • Standing position
  • Only backrest
  • Backrest not adjustable
  • 6 – 8 handle grips
  • Safety stops at the back
  • Performs chest & triceps presses
  • Weight storage available
  • Mostly plate loaded


  • Seated position
  • Seat & backrest
  • Adjustable seat & backrest
  • 2 – 4 handle grips
  • Safety stops on both sides
  • Incline & decline chest presses
  • Weight storage pegs built-in
  • Mostly pin-loaded

How is a standing chest press machine different from a standing cable press machine?

A standing chest press can be performed by a machine press as well as a cable machine. The differences between the two versions are:

A cable machine press:

Equipment: A cable machine station

Primary muscle: Pectoralis major & minor (chest)

Secondary muscles: Abdominals, triceps, deltoids

The user presses the weight forwards with the help of cables & pulleys. A cable station can be both selectorized & plate-loaded.

The exercise can be performed standing or seated. There is a wider range of motion with a cable machine.

Standing chest press machine:

Equipment: A standing chest press machine

Primary muscles: Chest

Secondary muscles: Triceps, core & deltoids

A standing chest press machine performs the same functions as a cable machine. The difference is that there is less of a learning curve with a standing chest press.

It is relatively safer & has a higher weight capacity. The range of motion is restricted compared to a cable machine.

What are the important features of a standing chest press machine?

The important features of a standing chest press machine, which make it durable & versatile are:

  • High-quality steel framework
  • Powder-coated finish
  • 6 – 8 handle grips on both sides
  • Triceps handles
  • Stainless steel handles
  • High-density foam padding for the backrest
  • Furniture-grade PU leather cover
  • Full shroud (pin loaded)
  • Easy to engage safety stop
  • Few adjustable parts

What are the dimensions of a plate-loaded, standing chest press machine?

A plate-loaded, standing chest press machine is (L * W * H) 153 * 97 * 190 cm (approx.). It weighs about 100 – 200 Kgs or above.

The maximum weight load is approximately 200 Kgs & above. These numbers may vary between different manufacturers.

Why is a standing chest press machine better than a barbell bench press?

Machine vs free weights is an age-old argument. But some qualities make resistance machines preferable to free weights.


  • Easy to use
  • Easy to learn
  • Ground-based
  • Safer due to restricted movement arc
  • No spotter needed
  • Backrest support
  • Promotes good posture
  • Less strain on the lower back
  • Better muscle isolation
  • High weight capacity
  • Simple construction
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Figure 14 – A standing chest press machine without a backrest

Is a standing chest press machine adaptable?

Yes, it is.

As there aren’t many adjustable parts in this machine. To make it adaptable for users of various heights, 6 – 8 handle grips are built into the frame.

These handle grips will accommodate most users with ease. 

Standing chest press machines are mostly plate-loaded. This means that they have a high weight capacity, to begin with.

Which makes a standing chest press machine adaptable to users of any weight range.

What is the function of a safety stop in a standing chest press machine?

A safety top allows you to self-spot without interrupting your workout. It can be easily engaged & disengaged with the heel of the foot.

Unlike free weights, there is no need for a spotter when using a standing chest press machine.

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Figure 15 – Engaged safety stop of a standing chest press machine

Are there any add-ons for a standing chest press machine?

Yes, there are.

Add-ons like resistance bands can be used with a standing chest press machine. To increase resistance & to perform different types of exercises.

Resistance bands are a good way to develop balance & coordination.

Some machines come with built-in pegs for resistance bands. All types of add-ons have to be purchased separately though.

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Figure 16 – Resistance bands used as an add-on for standing chest press machines


A standing chest press machine is an effective & safe replacement for free weights.

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