7 Top Chest Exercises for Men

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Barbell bench press

Position yourself on the bench with your feet firmly on the ground and your back flat (the bar should be directly over your eyes, and your head, shoulders, and buttocks should be on the bench).

Grasp the barbell with palms forward and thumbs wrapped around the bar. Move the bar into starting position, with help from a spotter if needed.

Position the bar over your chin or upper chest, keeping your elbows and wrists straight.

Inhale and lower the bar slowly until it touches your chest below your armpits. As you lower, flare your elbows out slightly.

Next, exhale and press the bar up, keeping your wrists straight and your back flat.

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Pec deck

Keep your feet flat on the floor, at least shoulder-width apart.

With your back firmly against the seat, lift your arms until they reach shoulder level (the angle of your elbows should be between 75 and 90 degrees). Place your elbows on the center of the pad on the wings of the machine.

With smooth and slow movement, push the wings together, stopping just before they touch.

Reverse to the starting position slowly.

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Bent forward cable crossover

Begin this exercise either with your feet planted hip-width apart, or with one in front of the other as if you are walking.

Grasp the pulley handles with your arms straight out and facing inward, making sure that your hands are below your shoulders and your elbows are bent a bit.

Make your movements slow and controlled — no jerking — as you bring your hands together and extend your arms. For a wider arc and more resistance, move your arms down first and then in toward each other to cross one hand over the other.

Bring your arms slowly back to the starting position with control. Don’t let your arms go back past the shoulders.

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Chest press

Adjust the chest press bench so that you sit with knees bent slightly and your feet on the floor.

Grasp the handles, and exhale as you push them away until your arms are straight out. Keep your elbows slightly bent.

As you inhale, pull the bars toward you slowly and with control, without letting the weights touch down.

Reverse to the starting position slowly.

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Tighten your abdominals, keep your back flat, your neck in alignment with your spine, and keep your elbows close to your sides.

With your hands directly under your shoulders, lower yourself slowly and with control.

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Lastly, press up.

The only equipment you need is the mirror, where you can admire your newly toned chest!


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Grasp the parallel dip bars firmly and lift your body.Keep your elbows straight, your head in line with your trunk, and your wrists in line with your forearms.

Bring one leg across the other to stabilize the lower part of your body, and pull in your abs. Exhale, and bend your elbows to lower your body. Keep your elbows near your sides. Your legs should be directly under your body to avoid tilting or swinging.

Lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle and your upper arms are parallel with the floor. Keep your wrists straight. Pause, and then straighten your elbows, pushing into the bars with your hands, and return to starting position. Keep your body vertical and your wrists straight.

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