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ROBTEACH49 Posts: 33
3/3/13 3:07 P

I agree with Shaw. Most definitely.

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1/27/13 9:45 P

Incline fly.

12/23/12 7:41 A

DAVIDR1450 Posts: 140
12/21/12 1:00 P

Pushups are pretty versatile...

Standard - Military, standard width, wide and close
Incline Pushups - standard, wide & close
Decline Pushups - Standard, wide & close

Same as above; standard, incline and decline.
On carpet, plastic plate under both hands - do pushups and slide your hands in as you push up; and out as you go down.

You should probably do cardio too. Or you will have nice pecs covered in fat... longer

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12/21/12 10:17 A

I use bench presses and flys as my two basic chest excersises.

10/4/12 9:17 A

a pair of adjustable dumbbells and one of those big inflatable balls and you're pretty set at home.

10/3/12 8:17 P

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9/26/12 1:18 P

Bench presses are the gold standard for building or toning your chest. One thing I'd suggest is to use dumbbells instead of the barbell to protect your shoulders. Also, use a neutral grip with your palms facing inward and elbows tucked in. I got this advice from a sports physiology expert and it made a huge difference. It's awkward at first but your shoulders will thank you.

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9/26/12 11:29 A

Really depends on whether you are working for size or shaping. I power lifted for 12 years and am into body building now with a little bit of power routines. I bulk for 3 months and cut for 2-3 months. There is also a correct way to bench without wearing out your joints. Improper form will cause you problems later on, trust me I know.


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9/24/12 12:39 P

There are many things that one can do to help sculpt the pecs and other muscles that help the chest look good. So depending on the person and their weak areas it's hard to just say, do this or do that. I've always tried to hit as many areas as I can and do them as properly as I can so that I make nice healthy looking muscles. I've seen where some folks do the same thing all the time and end up with peaked muscles instead of full muscles. But if that's what they want...........

So even if pushups are your mainstay, which is great, just make sure you move your hands around some and do some other variations to the pushups to get the full range of your chest muscles to grow.

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9/20/12 12:45 A

Don;t forget along with bench press you can do incline and decline press to help those chest muscles. I know some people do not like machines but I say what ever gets you working out, and machines usually keep you closer to proper form when you are learning.

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9/14/12 9:46 P

This is very important with chest exercises, do not overwork your chest!!!! Let me repeat, DO NOT OVERWORK YOUR CHEST!!

There is a lot that can go wrong. Chest/peck strain (I had one of these my senior year of college from waterpolo), rotater cuff tears, bicep tendonitis. Each one can set you back 2 weeks to 6 months for recovery.

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9/14/12 7:58 P

Great advice, going to check link out.

SHAW528 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/14/12 4:06 P

That is plain just not true.

While Rod is right that you have to do cardio, if you mix cardio with certain weight lifting/body weight exercises, you will help lose fat in those areas faster as fat surrounding the muscle feeds it.

I would do both benchpress and angled bench presses to help sculpt your chest, make sure you are doing a challenging amount of weight so that you hit 10-12 reps x 3 sets in addition to pushups. Chest flys work too if you only have free weights. I would stay away from machines though.

If you are looking for body weight exercises push-up and dips are your best options. Dips are very difficult, but in proper form you do get some chest work out of it.

I like to do pushups once a day. I usually wake up and do 40-50 before swim practice.

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9/12/12 12:16 P

Unfortunately, there is no non-surgical way that I am aware of to target where you lose your fat. Cardio is your best option to get rid of the fat, and it works!

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9/12/12 11:16 A

Hey guys was hoping you all could help me out with this. What is the best way to tone/lose chest fat besides push ups. Also any good tips on at home workouts that will get the job done?

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