• This entry was posted in Fitness on March 22, 2016

  • A strong chest can make everyday movements like pushing a shopping cart or tossing a basketball to your kid easier. Chest training should be a part of every full-body workout, and 10-20 quick push-ups aren’t enough.

    The chest is often neglected during beginner workouts focused primarily on cardio, but chest training can help everyone reach their optimum level of fitness, from fitness novices to pros. Here are a few fantastic exercises to make your chest – and you – stronger. Note: these exercises are best performed on a bench.

    The chest press. Lie on your back with your knees bent in front of you. Holding two dumbbells in your hands, with the front of your thumbs facing your head, keep your arms at ninety-degree angles, with your elbows by your sides. Slowly (with control) lift your arms up until they are only slightly bent. Hold for 1 second and then carefully come back down with control. Do not let your arms lower without resistance – coming down is just as important as going up. Repeat 10-15 times. If you’re up for it, pause for 30-40 seconds, and then do another set.

    The chest fly. Lie on your back again with your knees bent in front of you. Hold two dumbbells up with your arms at a ninety-degree angle again. This time your elbows should be raised just slightly above your chest. Slowly push your arms out to the side, aiming to make a cross with your body. Hold for 1 second and then move your elbows back in so your weights touch. Repeat 10-15 times, with the option to take a 30-40 second break, and then do another set.

    Around the world. Lie on your back, knees bent in front of you, with a dumbbell in each hand. Your palms should be facing the ceiling. Keeping your arms parallel to the floor, move your arms in a semicircle until the weights are above your head. Hold for 1 second, and then bring the weights back down to your original position through another semicircle. Repeat 10-15 times. If you can, pause for 30-40 seconds, and then do another set.

    The push-up. It shouldn’t be the “be all, end all” to your chest routine, but it should certainly be included. For the classic push-up, your hands should be placed firmly on the ground directly under your shoulders. Tighten your abs and keep your back flat. Slowly lower your body until your chest almost touches the floor. Make sure your butt doesn’t stick out. Slowly push yourself back up with control. How many push-ups you do depends on your fitness level. Beginners should aim for 15-20.

    You should be working your chest around two to three times a week. Remember to always keep form in mind to prevent injury and achieve the best results you can. Working your chest is a mandatory part of having a healthy, strong, and capable body.