Those that have been around weightlifting circles for some time have surely heard the term “show muscles.” For those not familiar with such a term, show muscles refer to those muscles that are clearly visible – and impressive – to others. While some may wish to develop their muscles for functional use, others do so to look good. If so, then more power to them! And of the many show muscles people like to develop, the chest remains one of the most desirable. That is why a big muscle chest is so valuable to many people seeking to workout.
Developing the chest does require a lot of effort but with the proper dedication it is definitely possible to build a big muscle chest. Here is the most common way this type of workout can be developed….
The bench press is the king of the chest exercises. Most people already know this. However, the mistake people make is that they only perform the simple, flat bench, supine bench press. This is absolutely, most definitely the most important chest building exercise to perform. But, it also needs to be supplemented by other variations on the traditional bench press. The two common variations are decline bench presses and incline bench presses. Altering the angles on the bench press allows you to perform these exercises which, in turn, will alter the manner in which the stress of the exercises will impact the body. By employing all of these angles in a chest workout, the ability to gain a big chest muscle look is possible.
The next step in the process involves performing the same benchpress exercises with a dumbbell in addition to a barbell. When you perform bench presses with a bar, you cannot lower the bar beyond the sternum. In effect, the sternum is the finish line of a barbell press. With dumbbells, this is obviously not the case. Since there is no bar interfering with the complete range of motion, it is possible to lower the dumbbells beyond the sternum region adding several inches to the range of motion. What effect does this have on the muscles in the chest area? Basically, it hits them deeper and further which leads to a more muscular and defined appearance. In other words, you increase the odds that you will have a big muscle chest!
Is one better than the other? No, both barbell and dumbbell mass building exercises are helpful. That is why they are both necessary as part of a workout to develop the chest.
Also helpful in procuring a big muscle chest is using isolation and shaping exercises. Isolation exercises aid in developing the definition of the muscles in the chest. Some may wonder what the value of definition is. Mainly, it allows the chest to develop a symmetrical appearance that aids in making a chest look strong and healthy. Additionally, there are cardio benefits to performing these exercises as well. Consider that another positive benefit to taking part in such exercises.
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