Dumbbell Bench Press chest

Start/Finish

Start/Finish

Starting Position: Lie on your back on a bench, holding a dumbbell in each hand. Bring the weights to a point just above your shoulders, palms facing toward your feet and elbows out.

This is a great chest exercise. I like it even more than the barbell bench press. By using dumbbells, you can stimulate your chest muscles even more, and it's easier on your shoulders.

Midpoint

Don'/ let the dumbbells sway back toward your head and over your face.

Don V lift your head off the bench throughout the exercise.

Midpoint

Don'/ let the dumbbells sway back toward your head and over your face.

Don V lift your head off the bench throughout the exercise.

The Exercise: Press the weights straight up until they're locked out right over your collarbone (not over your face and not over your belly). Then slowly lower them to the starting position, feeling the stretch in your chest muscles as your elbows drop below the level of the bench.

This one's a bit awkward at first, but sometimes exercises that feel the most "clumsy" are the ones which work the best.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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