Chest Press - Resistance Band

Upper Body Resistance Band Exercises Video Series

The chest press is the last of the upper body resistance band exercises in this workout video series.

This last upper body resistance training exercise works primarily the chest muscles, which is fairly obvious from the name.

You can do this exercise by placing the band behind your back or you can wrap it around a sturdy pole.

The primary muscle targeted for this one is the pectoralis major which is the largest chest muscle.

It is the broad muscle that covers your chest and makes up the bulk of chest muscles for men and lies under the breast in women.

Just underneath this muscle is the pectoralis minor. This one is also engaged and strengthened during this upper body workout.

Additionally, the front fibers of the deltoid (the shoulders) are also toned and strengthened with this particular exercise.

Exercise #6 - Chest Press

If you need more resistance for this one, just wrap your hands around the band a couple of times. You can also switch bands and use a more resistant one.
  1. Place the band behind your back or around a sturdy object at about chest level.
  2. Grab the band at each end and wrap around your hands to add resistance.
  3. Bring your arms up at chest level with forearms parallel to the ground and elbows bent.
  4. Slowly push your arms out in front of you until your arms are straight and be careful not to lock your elbows. As you push out you can cross your hands slightly at the end of this motion.
  5. Return arms to starting position slowly.
  6. Repeat for 6 to 16 repetitions.
Tips: You can also do this one lying down on a bench. Just anchor the band behind your back or the bench. With this variation, you will be engaging different muscles in addition to the chest.

Watch the video below to ensure you are doing the this move correctly. 

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