One-Off Workout: Push and Stretch Your Chest
Super-size your chest with these three supersets.
Looking for a great workout to single out the chest or want something to add to your "one bodypart per day" program? We've asked Tim McComsey, founder of TRyMFitness and training correspondent to HUMANFITPROJECT for a write up and demonstration of one his best, no-fail chest workouts.
McComsey says this is a great workout for packing on size in the chest because of the variety involved. "You're using both barbells and dumbbells for the pushing, flyes which provide a stretch, especially of the muscle fascia and you've got some bodyweight work in there with the push ups. It's an amazing formula for growth."
MOVE ONE - Barbell Incline Chest Press
3 sets x 6 reps
* demonstrated above.
> Lie down on the incline bench and make sure your upper chest is aligned with the barbell.
> Using a pronated grip (palms facing forward) that is wider than shoulder width, unlock the bar from the rack and hold it straight over you with your arms locked. This will be your starting position.
> As you breathe in, come down slowly until you feel the bar on your upper chest.
> After a 1-second pause, bring the bar back to the starting position as you breathe out and push the bar using your chest muscles.
> Lock your arms in the contracted position, hold for 1-second and then start coming down slowly again.
> Repeat for desired reps.
MOVE TWO - Flat Dumbbell Flye
3 sets x 10 reps
> Begin on a flat bench with dumbbells on your knees. Lean back on bench and drive dumbbells up.
> With a slight bend of your elbows, lower your arms out at both sides in a wide arc until you feel a stretch on your chest. Breathe in as you perform this portion of the movement.
> Return your arms back to the starting position as you squeeze your chest muscles and exhale. Hold the contracted position for 1-second.
> Repeat for desired reps. Rest 90 seconds and repeat the remaining 2 supersets.