Anatomy: The major muscle in the chest is the pectoralis major. This large fan-shaped muscle stretches from the armpit up to the collarbone and down across the lower chest region on both sides of the chest. The pectoralis minor resides under the pectoralis major.
What Does The Pectorals Do: The pectorals muscles don’t just give definition to your chest – many daily activities require use of these muscles. They are required for performing most upper-body movements that involve pushing. Think of anything you do that involves pushing like pushing a lawn mower, shopping cart, free style swimming, throwing a ball, etc. A strong chest helps perform these tasks.
Role Of Other Muscles: The anterior deltoids, the front of the shoulders and the triceps assist your pectoral muscles. Strengthen them and you can use heavier weights for even more growth. Therefore an effective chest exercise not only builds and shapes the Pectoral Muscles, but also your Triceps and Shoulders.
Exercise Considerations: Changing the angle of your body during chest exercises can challenge different parts of these muscle groups for maximum development. While training chest, using an incline bench press is great for targeting the upper pecs, as flat and decline presses will hit your lower pecs. There are many exercises you can perform to build your pectorals. Body-weight exercises such as pushups and dips are also ideal for working your chest.
Solid Chest In Men: The chest muscles are a group that should never be neglected. A wide solid chest is a mark of power and masculinity in a man. Building a bigger, stronger chest can also adds size to your shoulders and triceps, widening the top of the body. Having a larger upper body will create an illusion of a slim waistline. A muscular body without a matching muscular chest will look uneven and out of place.
Benefits Of Chest Training For Women: Women’s breast are comprised of fatty adipose tissue and milk glands, not muscle. Therefore you can’t firm and tone them.
The pectoral muscles lie under the breast tissue. When these muscles that lift the breast tissue are targeted via exercises, they can be built and strengthened, thereby providing the appearance of larger, lifted breasts. Gaining muscle in this area will give them a natural lift without going under the knife!
An uplifted chest can give them a more youthful look and sex appeal. So ladies! If you want to boost your bust, work your pecs!
The most notable chest exercises are: Flat Bench Press, Decline Bench Press, Incline Bench Press, Dumbbell Flyes, Wide Grip Dips and Cable crossovers.
Barbell Flat Bench Press
Incline Dumbbell Press