Heads up! For most males, the summer means that it’s time to hang around by the pool or lounge on the beach to check out girls. At the same time, the summer means that girls can check you out too. So before you head out and take your shirt off, be sure that your chest is the center of attention. Turn it into a muscular powerhouse by using the best chest exercise. In this article, I will list the 5 best chest exercises (in no particular order); each of them has their own advantage, and I’ll leave it up to you to choose the best chest exercise that suits you best.
Best Chest Exercise #1: Dumbbell Flyes
This is an excellent chest exercise that works both your inner and upper chest.
a. Sit on a flat bench with a dumbbell in both hands. Extend both arms in front of you with palms facing inward.
b. Without locking your elbows, swing open your arms to your sides and then bring them back to your starting position.
Best Chest Exercise #2: Cable Crossovers
The movement of this machine closely resembles the dumbbell chest fly. Both exercises are good for working your pecs, but the cable crossover offers one advantage from the range of motion. As you reach the middle when you’re doing a dumbbell fly, you’ll find that your pecs get a negligible amount of resistance. However, with the cable cross over, there’s constant resistance even at the point of when your hands are brought together, which gives your pecs a significant amount of resistance.
a. Get in between 2 pulleys, which should be a little above your shoulder height. Hold on to the pulleys, with your palms facing towards the front and elbows bent slightly.
b. Bring your arms your arms together below your chest, and then return to the starting position.
Best Chest Exercise #3: Bench Press
This classic exercise is considered a “best chest exercise” because it’s one of the best at working your upper body. You can even do incline/decline variations to place more emphasis on your upper/lower chest.
a. Lie on a flat bench (or incline/decline if you’re doing a variation). Grab the barbell with your hands being shoulder-width apart.
b. Lift the barbell off of its rest, and then slowly bring it straight down to your chest, and then straight back up. Repeat.
Best Chest Exercise #4: Dumbbell Press
The dumbbell press is a great alternative to the bench press for a chest exercise. Even though the bench press is very effective, a dumbbell press has one advantage in that you can bring them down lower than the barbell (because there’s no bar that’s going to touch your neck). This allows you to workout a larger part of your chest.
a. Lie down on a flat bench (you can also use incline/decline for variation). Grab a dumbbell in both hands. Bend your arms so that you can bring the dumbbells up to your shoulders. Your palms should be facing your lower body.
b. Bring the weights straight up, and then straight back down. Repeat.
Best Chest Exercise #5: Push-Ups
I had to include the push-up; one of the most underrated exercises is also one of the best. You can even do it anywhere and anytime, which is great if you’re in a time crunch. (Plus, it’s free!) Not only that, a push-up has a multitude of variations that can place more emphasis on certain parts of your upper body.
You should know how to do a standard pushup, so I’m going to show you two great chest variations:
Decline Push-Up: Have your feet raised off the ground by placing them on a bench, ball, or any raised surface.
Diamond Push-Ups: Assume a normal pushup position, except place your hands directly in the center of your chest. Open your index and thumb fingers so that both hands will form a diamond together.