Sit on seat with sides of ribs approximately height of parallel handles. If available, push foot lever until handles are within grasping range. Grasp parallel handles. Release foot lever.
Press lever 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 and ending position. If foot lever is available, engage it before grasping handles, release it before performing exercise, and engage it again just before releasing grips.
Seat should be adjusted so handles are to sides of ribs. 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. See exercise performed on alternative apparatus with lever from bottom of machine. Also see exercise performed with standard grip providing greater emphasis on chest development . Also see Bench Press Analysis.