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Chest Exercises

Five Chest Exercises You Need for Building Muscles

If you’re into bodybuilding or physical fitness, then you know that chest muscles are crucial for showcasing your overall muscle mass. It is highly likely that at some point in your training journey you aspired to enhance your chest size, as it is regarded as the second most prominent muscle, following the bicep. In general, to increase the strength and definition of your chest, you can carry out various exercises. 

Whether you are a weightlifter, bodybuilder, athlete, or generally into muscular aesthetics, this article has got you covered. It gives you a list of the top five chest exercises you can try. These chest exercises can be performed at  home or in any gym. The only equipment you will require for it is dumbbells

Top 5 Chest Exercises

Push-ups 

An excellent choice of exercise as it requires no equipment and can be performed anywhere. Lay down in a plank position and lower your body towards the ground by bending your elbows, then slowly push back up and repeat.

Push up

Also requiring no equipment, this exercise is slightly different than traditional push-ups. For it, you’ll need to position your elbows  on an elevated surface, walk back so that your body makes roughly a 45 degree angle with the floor, slowly lower your chest towards the elevated surface, and then pause and return to the starting position. 

Dumbbell Squeeze Press

This exercise focuses on your middle chest. All you have to do is, Lie down on a bench with dumbbells in your hands. Position them in a neutral grip and press them together while squeezing them tightly. Gradually press the dumbbells above and move your arms to an inward position until your arms are fully extended. Slowly lower them back while squeezing, and repeat. 

Dumbbell sqeueze press

Flat Bench Press

For the bench press exercises, you will need barbells or dumbbells. Lie flat on the bench with your feet flat on the ground. Grab the weight  and lift it off the rack by holding it straight above your chest, Slowly bend your elbows and lower the weight to your chest. Pause and repeat.

flat bench press

It is a highly effective exercise for developing upper body strength, and it can help in regular activities that involve pushing or pressing motions. 

Incline Dumbbell Press

This exercise is more advanced than the flat bench press and is commonly used by many lifters to focus on the upper chest. Low on an incline bench, grasp the barbell or dumbbells and lift them straight towards the ceiling. Slowly lower the weight down to your chest, pause, and then repeat.

inclined dumbbell press

This exercise not only emphasizes your upper chest, but it also has more shoulder involvement, leading to a more balanced chest development. 

Decline Bench Press

This variation of the bench press includes using a bench on a decline angle. The procedure is the same, and this exercise emphasizes your lower chest. 

decline bench press

Takeaway

We’ve provided you with five highly effective workout exercises. These will focus on your upper and lower chests. Now, all you need to do is remember to maintain proper form during exercises and use appropriate weights. These exercises will help you build muscles and gain strength, but consistency is key to achieving that.

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