The chest press strengthens the muscles on the front of your chest. When you're doing the chest press, be careful not to lock your elbows or push with your feet. Hold your head in a neutral, relaxed position. To protect your shoulders, don't let your elbows drop below the horizontal line of your body during the exercise. The chest press is usually done lying on a weight bench, but you can also try it lying on the floor.
While performing the chest press exerise, you should feel the tension across your chest - but not to the point of pain.
Muscles that benefit from the chest press:
- Pectoralis major and minor
How to perform the Chest Press Exercise:
- Lying on your back, hold dumbbells just above chest height with your elbows pointing out.
- Slowly press the dumbbells straight up.
- Hold for a second, and then slowly lower.
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