Toning Exercises Video Series
The chest press is another upper body toning exercise in this video
series. As the name indicates, the chest is the primary area of focus.
The pectoralis major is the primary muscle worked in this exercise.
This is the broad muscle that covers your chest. However, this is not
the only muscle engaged while doing this exercise.
Your triceps, the muscles in the back of your upper arms, are also
engaged as your press forward.
You will also feel this in the shoulders, or your deltoids. There are
three major heads of your shoulder muscles. These include the
posterior, anterior and the medial heads.
To some lesser extent, you will also feel your upper back engaged while
doing your repetitions for this exercise.
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This workout is just one in a series of many toning exercises.
Exercise #5 - Chest Press
The chest press can be done using resistance bands, dumbbell weights or
even a weight bench.
Depending on whether you are standing or lying down, you will feel more
or less of the above mentioned muscles engaged.
Regardless of which position, you will feel this in the chest muscles.
The instructions below are based on standing using a resistance band.
You can anchor the band around a stationary object.
If you don't have something to anchor it, just place the band behind
you across your upper back. Wrap the bands around your wrists to get
more resistance while doing this move.
Stand with one foot stretched out slightly in front of you
with the knee slightly bent.
- Place the other foot behind you and lean your body forward
to create a slight angle.
- Start with both hands on the side of your chest with the
- Take both hands and reach out in front of you straightening
the elbows bringing your hands together.
- Slowly return to the starting position.
- Repeat for several repetitions.
If you are using dumbbell weights, you can simply stand with feet
slightly apart and knees bent. Press forward and bring the weights
together in front of you while contracting the chest muscle.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move
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Using dumbbell weights can help strengthen those muscles by adding that
extra resistance. Learn more about these types of exercises and the benefits of using
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