There’s nothing wrong with wanting to put up big numbers on the bench press. After all, we have yet to see tiny pecs on a dude who can bench 400 pounds. But whether your goal is to build a bigger bench or simply develop a rock-solid and symmetrical chest, you don't have to keep stacking on the iron. In fact, the best route to achieving your goals might mean exploring all the exercises that contribute to continuous strength and muscle growth.

These six chest exercises and tips don’t require you to load a ton of weight onto a bar, but they’ll hit a variety of angles, create new loading patterns, and demand more from your muscles than movements you’re using in your current chest routine.