Workout 2: Chest   

Chest Exercises

1. Flat Bench Press

Caution:In order to protect yourself, it is best to have a spotter help you.

  1. Start by lying back on a flat bench. Use an overhand grip that is wider than your shoulder-width to lift the bar from the rack. Hold it directly above you with your arms fully extended.
  2. Inhale and begin lowering the bar toward your chest until your elbow creates a 90° angle. 
  3. After a brief pause, push the bar back to the starting position as you exhale. Focus on  using your chest muscles to push up the bar.
  4. Lock your arms and squeeze your chest in the contracted position at the top of the  motion. Hold for a second and then slowly begin lowering the bar.

2. Decline Bench Press 

Caution: In order to protect yourself, it is best to have a spotter help you.

  1. Start by securing your legs under the brace at the bottom of the decline bench and lie down.
  2. Using an overhand medium-width grip, lift the bar from the rack and hold it straight over your chest with your arms full extended. Your arms should be perpendicular to the ground. 
  3. As you inhale, lower the bar toward your chest until your elbows reach a 90° angle.
  4. Pause for a second, then use your chest muscles to push the bar back up to the starting position as you exhale. Lock your arms and squeeze your chest in at the contracted  position. Hold for a second and then start to lower the bar down slowly.

3. Incline Dumbbell Press 

  1. Lie back on an incline bench with a dumbbell in each hand atop your thighs. The palms of your hands will be facing each other.
  2. Then, using your thighs to help push the dumbbells up, lift the dumbbells one at a time so that you can hold them at shoulder-width.
  3. Once you have the dumbbells raised to shoulder-width, rotate your wrists forward so that the palms of your hands are facing away from you. This will be your starting position.
  4. Be sure to keep full control of the dumbbells at all times. Then, breathe out and push the dumbbells up with your chest.
  5. Lock your arms at the top, hold for a second, and then start slowly lowering the weight. Note: Ideally, lowering the weights should take about twice as long as raising them.
  6. Repeat the movement for the prescribed number of repetitions.
  7. When you are done, place the dumbbells back on your thighs and then on the floor. This  is the safest manner to release the dumbbells.

4. Incline Dumbell Fly 

  1. Pick up the dumbbells and grip them so that so your palms are facing inward. Lie back on an incline bench angled at about 30 degrees, and rest the dumbbells on your hip crease. 
  2. Press the dumbbells out and over you so that your arms are fully extended. Rotate your wrists so that your palms are facing each other. 
  3. Slightly retract your shoulder blades, unlock your elbows, and slowly lower the dumbbells laterally to create a wide arc while maintaining the angle at your elbow. You should feel stretch in your chest.
  4. Once the dumbbells reach your chest level, reverse the movement while trying not to let  the dumbbells touch.

5. High to Low Cable Fly 

  1. Move the pulleys to the highest position and select the same resistance for each D-handle.
  2. Stand between both pulleys with your arms extended out to your sides. Grasp both handles with an overhand grip while keeping your feet aligned with the pulleys.
  3. Remaining upright and keeping a slight bend in your elbows, pull your arms close together in front of your body. 
  4. After a pause at the peak contraction, return your arms back to the starting position.

6. Low to High Cable Fly 

  1. Place the pulleys at the lowest position and select the same resistance level for each one.
  2. Stand between both pulleys with your arms extended out to your sides. Grasp both handles with an underhand grip so that your palms are facing forward and move one foot forward.
  3. Start with your hands below your waist and your arms fully extended.
  4. Keep a slight bend in your elbows as you raise your arms upward and towards the middle of your torso. Make sure that you are flexing your chest. Your hands should end up being directly in front of your chest.

7. Mid-Level Cable Fly

  1. Find a cable tower and set both pulleys at shoulder-height.
  2. Grab the handles, and bring the two handles together by contracting the chest, as if you were hugging a tree. Keep your arms very slightly bent, without further bending your elbow as you bring your arms together.  Your arms should not bend as you do the movement, but they should be very slightly bent throughout.  
  3. Slowly reverse the movement back to the starting position.  
  4. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

8. Push-Up

  1. Lie on the ground face down and place your hands shoulder width apart. Push your body off the ground through your hands while keeping your back as straight as possible. 
  2. Lower yourself back down until your chest nearly touches the ground as you inhale. 
  3. Exhale and press your upper body back up to the starting position while squeezing your chest, arms, and abdominal muscles.

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