How to Build a Muscular Chest

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Building a muscular chest involves doing various exercises that target the arms, abdomen and shoulders, as the chest gets worked as a result of these other exercises. Do push-ups at various levels to build up the chest muscles with exercise advice from a gymnastics teacher in this free video on physical fitness.

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Hi, my name is Rebekah, and I'm here at Encore Gymnastics. And I'm here to teach you how to build a more muscular chest. The best thing we can do for building muscles in the chest is different exercises targeting those muscles. There's no real exercise that's going to directly hit the chest, but there are exercises that will hit the arms, the legs, the stomach, and hit the chest at the same time. The best thing we can do is, either you can do it with no weight at all, for beginners, or, if you just don't feel like using weights, that's fine, too. Or, you can get light weights or even heavier weights, depending on your strength. We can do it in various positions. We can either sit in a chair for beginners. We can sit in the chair with our back nice and straight. And that way, that there's support on your back, and there's not too much going on with your stomach and you're not having to hold it. We can stand up straight, and we can bring our arms in together. But we have to make sure that we're holding our stomach nice and tight, and there's no arch in our back, so that there's strain on the lower back, which happens to us a lot. We can also bring it up a notch and either use the yellow ball or use something to lean on, and bring our arms open, and bring 'em together. And that way we're targeting our tummy muscles by holding our head up nice and tight. And then we can also bring our arms together, which makes our bicep muscles and our tricep muscles and our pectoral muscles work together. Coming in, and going back out. We can open our arms, bring 'em in, and come back out. Or, we can open here, bring in, turn the arms, and bring it back out, which works the upper and the side muscles. Other exercises we can do for the chest are push ups at varying levels. We can do push ups flat from the ground. We can put our feet up, in an inverted position, which is very challenging. Or we could go and do push ups in a position where our hands are higher than our feet. We can do our elbows out, which works the outer muscles, or we can bring our elbows in, which works our higher chest muscles. And, that is how to build a more muscular chest.

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