Build a Chest of Steel With This Workout
If you’re planning to make a statement with your physique, moobs surely aren’t going to help your case. Having a broad chest can make you stand apart from the crowd and get the attention you deserve.
Building a ripped chest takes more than doing a few pushups and presses. You need to have a combination of compound and isolation exercises in your workouts to develop the perfect size and conditioning.
Workout For a Bigger and Striated Chest
Cable Crossovers – 4 Sets 15 Reps
You’ll be starting this workout with an isolation exercise to pre-exhaust your pecs before you get into the compound lifts. Exhausting your chest at the beginning of the workout eliminates the need for lifting super heavyweights to recruits and target your pectoral muscles later in the workout.
Grab a D-handle attachment in each hand and take a long stride with either of your feet to get in position for the exercise. Make sure there is tension on your pecs at the starting position. Maintain a slight bend in your elbows while performing the cable crossovers to target your pecs efficiently.
Barbell Bench Press – 4 Sets 15 Reps
The barbell bench press is what squats are for the legs. If you’re new to resistance training or are using a challenging weight, it’s wise to get the help of a spotter. The barbell bench press is a great exercise to build strength and volume in your pectoral muscles.
While performing the bench press, keep your elbows slightly angled towards your sides to eliminate any tension on your rotator cuffs. Contract your pecs with every repetition while performing the exercises in the workout.
Incline Dumbbell Flyes – 3 Sets 15-12-10 Reps
For the majority of people, the upper chest is a weak muscle group. It’s harder to establish a mind-muscle connection with the upper pecs as it’s a very small (one-third of your chest) muscle group.
The key while performing the incline bench dumbbell flyes is to contract your pecs at the top of the movement and target the inner chest. Maintain a slight bend in your elbows and push your chest out as you reach the bottom of the movement.
Decline Dumbbell Press – 3 Sets 15-12-10 Reps
The decline dumbbell press is an incredibly effective exercise in building the separation between your chest and the abdomen. You’ll be able to lift relatively heavier weights in the decline presses as compared to the flat and incline presses.
The dumbbells should be at the sides of your chest at the bottom of the movement. Pause and contracts the life out of your pecs at the top of the movement. While the pressing movements help in developing the size in your chest, the flyes target the separation and conditioning.
Barbell Rollout Flyes – 3 Sets 10 Reps
The barbell rollout flyes are the ultimate chest workout finisher. If you’re lacking the separation between your pecs, the barbell rollout flyes should be a part of your exercise arsenal.
Place a weight plate at each end of a barbell and place the barbells parallel to each other on the floor. Get into a push-up position in the center of the two barbells and grab the barbells with a neutral (palms facing each other) grip.
Your arms should be extended in a straight line and the barbell should be under your shoulders at the starting position. Slowly push the barbell away while mimicking the dumbbell fly movement.
Your chest should be a 5-6 inches away from the floor at the bottom of the movement. Return to the starting position and squeeze your pecs. Repeat for the recommended repetitions.
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