Puff up your chest and get ready because we’re going to cover a lot of ground. The first thing to understand before discussing chest workouts is the chest muscle. Well, the collection of chest muscles. Once you cover the basics of the chest muscles, we can quickly identify chest exercises that will target them. Before starting, you should note that chest workouts needs to be counter-balanced with back workouts. Make sure you’re not overworking your chest and neglecting your back, otherwise your shoulders will start to curve in. Save your posture: balance your training.
Types of Chest Muscles
There are many muscles that surround the chest, but the two that make-up the chest are the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor. The pectoralis major will be the targeted muscle in most of our chest exercises. You can think of training the pectoralis major in two parts: the upper part and the lower part.
Classic Chest Exercises
You already know where we’re going with this: bench press, dumbbell flies, push-ups, and beyond. These are all great exercises to target the pectoralis major. As with most training, we’ll want to vary your chest workouts to get the right mix of strength and definition. For example, perhaps you’ll do heavy bench press one day and then push-ups to failure. There’s one type of exercises that should be included but is easy to overlook: targeting the upper chest.
Upper Chest Exercises
The simplest way to train the upper part of the chest is to make use of an incline. On Grant’s Body Series: Chest, you’ll see chest workouts that include the common chest exercises on an incline. For example, incline bench press, incline dumbbell bench press, incline dumbbell flies, and even incline push-ups. These will be great ways to hit the higher part of your chest. Let us take all of the pain out of creating your workout routine. Check-out Daily Spot to see a completely new chest routine every day created by one of our experts.