Chest


Primarily, there are three chest muscles involved in movement: the pectoralis major, the pectoralis minor, and the serratus anterior. Pectoral muscles are most predominantly associated with movement of the shoulders and arms. When working together, they provide stability for bone structures such as the clavicle (collar bone) and the scapula (shoulder). Muscles of the chest enable us to lift, extend, and rotate our arms, along with playing a part in the process of respiration. Chest muscles are required in order to carry out everyday activities like moving furniture, lifting heavy objects, pitching a baseball, and stretching our arms. More...

Featured Exercises

Barbell Bench Press

Difficulty: Intermediate

  1. Lay flat on the bench with your feet on the ground. With straight arms unrack the bar.
  2. Lower the bar to your mid chest
  3. Raise the bar until you've locked your elbows.

Dips

Difficulty: Intermediate

  1. Hold your body with arms locked above the equipment
  2. Lower your body slowly while leaning forward, flare out your elbows
  3. Raise your body above the bars until your arms are locked.

Incline Barbell Bench Press

Difficulty: Intermediate

  1. Position the bench between 30 and 45 degrees.
  2. Lay flat on the bench with your feet on the ground. With straight arms unrack the bar.
  3. Lower the bar to your mid chest
  4. Raise the bar (slowly and controlled) until you've locked your elbows.

Dumbbell Flys

Difficulty: Beginner

  1. Lay flat on the bench and place your feet on the ground.
  2. Begin the exercise with the dumbbells held together above your chest, elbows slightly bent.
  3. Simultaneously lower the weights to either side.
  4. Pause when the weights are parallel to the bench, then raise your arms to the starting position.