Here are instructions for performing a chest press, which is a popular exercise for targeting the chest muscles:
- Start by sitting on a flat bench with your feet planted firmly on the floor.
- Position yourself in a way that your back is supported by the bench, and your shoulder blades are in contact with the surface.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand or grasp the barbell with an overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
2. Starting Position:
- Lift the dumbbells or the barbell off the rack (if using a barbell) and extend your arms fully above your chest, with your palms facing forward.
- This is the starting position for the exercise.
- Slowly lower the dumbbells or the barbell towards your chest in a controlled manner while keeping your elbows at a 50-70 -degree angle.
- Breathe in as you lower the weights, maintaining stability and control throughout the movement.
- Aim to bring the weights to around chest level or slightly below, without bouncing them off your chest.
- Pause briefly at the bottom of the movement, feeling a stretch in your chest muscles.
4. Return to Starting Position:
- Push the weights upward using your chest muscles, while exhaling and keeping your movements smooth.
- Fully extend your arms back to the starting position, but avoid locking out your elbows to maintain tension in your muscles.
- Squeeze your chest muscles at the top of the movement for an extra contraction.
- Maintain proper form and control throughout the exercise. Avoid excessive arching of the back or lifting the hips off the bench.
- Keep your shoulders stable and avoid shrugging or rolling them forward during the movement.
- Engage your core muscles to maintain stability and support your body throughout the exercise.
- Choose weights that challenge you but still allow for proper form and control. Gradually increase the weight as your strength improves.