Here are some of the best chest exercises for men and women, and you can perform them in many different ways.
You can use dumbbells, barbells, machines, cables or tubing, or even just your body weight to work your chest muscles.
Every tool has pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages, so don't think of a tool as good or bad.
In your chest workouts you can stick with one tool like barbells or dumbbells.
Or you can use multiple tools in your workout, and perform workouts that include free weights, machines, and your own body weight.
There are 3 major barbell exercises for the chest.
In addition to the chest, the bench press also works the shoulders and the triceps.
Dumbbells are also great for working the chest muscles. With Dumbbells you can do two major motions, presses and flyes.
With dumbbell chest presses the elbows bend in the same motions as the barbell presses. However, with chest flyes, the elbows stay stationary and only the shoulder moves in a hugging motion.
Here are some great chest exercises with dumbbells.
There are 2 main body weight exercises that work the chest muscles, and they are push ups and dips.
Push Ups don't require any equipment, and you can do them anywhere.
Dips require some equipment and can be done either on a bench or a dip stand.
Cables can be used in a similar fashion to dumbbells, and you can perform flyes or presses with one arm or two arms. Cables offer a different feel from free weights because there is constant tension on the chest muscles throughout the entire range of motion.
Here are 6 cable chest exercises.
Straight Cable Presses
Incline Cable Presses
Decline Cable Presses
Straight Cable Flyes
Incline Cable Flyes
Decline Cable Flyes
Learn more about the Chest Muscles.
It is very important to stretch the chest muscles. Static stretches for the chest are great to increase the range of motion of the shoulder.
Read my article on tight chest muscles and shoulder injuries and postural problems.
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