10 Best Chest Exercises

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"The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character."

What guy doesn’t want to develop a big powerful chest? To help make your chest building journey successful, here are 10 of the best chest mass building exercises that you should be incorporating in your chest training routine.


1. Barbell Bench Press

Barbell bench press is the king of chest building exercises. This chest exercise allows you to push as much weight as possible for maximum pec stimulation. Start your chest workout with the barbell bench press as your first or second exercise.

2. Incline Barbell Bench Press

Incline barbell bench press is a crucial exercise for complete chest development. The incline bench press will target the whole chest, with an additional focus on the upper chest. If your upper chest is lagging, start your chest training routine with the incline barbell bench press instead of the flat barbell bench press.

3. Dumbbell Bench Press

Dumbbell bench press will recruit more chest stabilizer muscles and provide you with a better range of motion at the bottom of the movement for a nice stretch in your pec. Do dumbbell bench press after the barbell bench presses.

4. Incline Dumbbell Press

Incline dumbbell bench press is an excellent chest exercise to target the upper pec. If you want to build your upper chest, make sure to do both the barbell and dumbbell incline bench press for maximum upper chest stimulation.

5. Dips For Chest

Dips are a great chest builder. To emphasize the chest when doing the dip, lean forward as far as possible and allow your elbows to flare out. If you can dip more than 12 reps, then use a weight belt to add more resistance to the exercise.

6. Smith Machine Bench Press

Smith machine bench press is a great chest exercise to squeeze out reps and really focus on the contraction and stretch of the pec muscle. The smith machine bench press is also great for drop sets without the need for a spotter. Perform this exercise towards the middle or end of your chest workout.

7. Dumbbell Flyes

Dumbbell flyes is an effective chest isolation exercise and an excellent finisher for your chest training session. To make this movement effective, really focus on the stretch in your pec at the bottom and fully contract on the top.

8. High Cable Flyes

High cable flyes is another great chest finisher. This exercise provides constant tension on your pec muscle for maximal stimulation. As with the dumbbell flyes, really focus on the stretch and contraction of the chest muscle.

9. Dumbbell Pull-Over

Dumbbell pull-over is a classic chest building exercise that you should do at the end of your chest training session to fully exhaust your pec muscle.

10. Push Up

The push up is an excellent chest exercise because it is always available to you. You can make the exercise as challenging as you want with its multiple variations.