Building an Impressive Muscular Chest

Everybody wants to have an impressive upper body and what better way to have a good upper body than to build an impressive chest muscles and pecs (short for pectorals). For men, the chest or “pecs”  are second only to biceps as the top show muscles in teenagers and young adults. For women, the chest is even more important, as keeping well built toned pecs can be useful in maintaining a solid, perky appearance of the breasts. In this article below Jason Ferruggia  talks about which chest exercises he feels are the most effective and why. He also explains which is the best way to perform them, cause if you don’t exercise your chest correctly it could be a shoulder injury waiting to happen.

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How to Build an Impressive Chest

By : Jason Ferruggia

Author – Muscle Gaining Secrets

Question: I have heard that the bench press is a crappy chest exercise. Is this true? If it sucks, what’s better?

Answer: The bench press is a great exercise. If you bench properly, there will be minimal pectoral involvement, however. The triceps and front delts will do most of the work. This is individual and is based on your strengths and weaknesses, but for the most part, your chest will not be doing the majority of the work when you bench press.

Trying to make the bench press target the pecs more by bringing your elbows out wide and lowering the bar up higher on your chest (the way that bodybuilding magazines typically show you how to do it) is a shoulder injury waiting to happen, so that’s not an option to even consider. I did these many years ago for a few months before I knew any better and my shoulder has never been the same since. Don’t make the same mistakes that I did.

Even though the pecs do not do the majority of work during the bench press I still think it’s is a tremendous, if somewhat overused, mass builder for the whole upper body. If you have shoulder issues, however, it should be avoided at all costs, but for everyone else it is one of the great upper-body exercises.

Equally as effective, if not more so, is the dumbbell bench press. The dumbbells allow a more natural range of motion and are much safer. These can be done on a flat bench or an incline bench. The dumbbells also give you the option of pressing with your palms facing down toward your feet (pronated) as they do when you press with a bar or with your palms facing each other, in toward your body. The latter variety places less stress on your shoulders but if you are healthy you could probably use both varieties.

Finally, pushups of all varieties will always remain among my top chest builders. My favorites are weighted blast-strap  pushups with the straps set about five feet apart from each other. The function of the pecs is to draw the arms across the midline of the body. By setting the straps far apart from each other, you make the pecs function in this way as you press/pull yourself back up from the bottom position. You have to do it and feel it to appreciate what I’m talking about, but I don’t think you will find a better chest exercise than this. If, like Frank Rizzo of the Jerky Boys, you have a chest like a wet blanket, then I highly recommend you give this exercise a try.

About the Author:

Muscle Gain SecretsJason Ferruggia is the author of The 9-Component Muscle Gaining Secrets Complete Mass Building System found at http://www.musclegainingsecrets.com

Jason is a world famous fitness expert who is renowned for his ability to help people build muscle as fast as humanly possible.Jason has written hundreds of articles for numerous top rated training magazines and websites and has authored four fitness books. He is also the head training adviser for Men’s Fitness Magazine where he also has his own monthly column dedicated to muscle building.

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