Monday, January 31, 2011

Two Great Exercises For Great Looking Pecs

 Here are two of my favorite exercises for building great pecs.  Dumbbell chest presses and dips really strengthen and shape your chest.

Dumbbell Chest Press-Start
Dumbbell Chest Press-Finish
The dumbbell chest press is one of the best exercises for developing and strengthening your chest, and the front of your shoulders. Pick-up a dumbbell in each hand, and sit on the end of a bench. Place the dumbbells end-up on your knees, then lay back on the bench and position the dumbbells chest height at your sides. This is your start position. Press the dumbbells up over your chest until your arms are fully extended, being careful not to lock your elbows. Slowly return the dumbbells to the start position. Your breathing pattern is to exhale as you press up and inhale as you return to the starting position.

Dips target the lower portion of the chest muscles and also the triceps. Use the weight assisted dip machine. Grasp the bars, lean forward and lift your chest high. This is the start position. Slowly lower yourself down until the back of your arm is parallel to the floor, and then press up to the start position. Inhale as you lower yourself and exhale as you press up to the start position. On this exercise, do as many repetitions as you can for each set. If you can’t do your body weight, use the weight stack for assistance.