Barbell Chest Exercises

These are going to show-up in almost every chest workout routine. It’s a staple. Barbell chest exercises are some of the most popular exercises in the weight room. They are great for adding strength in size. You can hit all parts of your chest. Simply put, these exercises work your chest out better than most other chest exercises out there. Whether you’re already incorporating these exercises into your chest workouts, or if you’re just getting started with them, take a look at some of our tips below.

Breathe While Working Out

Inhale as you lower the bar toward your chest, exhale consistently as your raise the bar back to the starting position. This is especially true for barbell chest exercises as you’ll be on your back pushing heavier weight than with dumbbells. It’s important to breathe this way for a few reasons: 1) to make sure you don’t injure yourself or raise your blood pressure while working out and 2) maximize your lifts with proper exercises technique. Be mindful of your breath the next time you lift – it’s a fundamental that even veterans sometimes overlook.

Hand Placement on the Barbell

The range of motion might not be as good on the barbell as it is with dumbbells, but you can still use your grip to hit different areas of the chest. On Daily Spot, chest workouts will rely heavily on grip to hit the different areas of the chest, so pay attention to what your trainer is recommending. The general idea for hand placement on a barbell is this: close-grip positioning will primarily target the triceps, slightly wider than shoulder-width will hit the complete pec, and a few inches wider that that will get the outer chest. All grips serve their own purpose in a workout.

We’ve included some barbell chest exercises below. If you’re curious about how to add these to a chest workout, check out one of the trainers on Daily Spot. New chest workouts update every single day.