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.