Whether you train your chest every day or you’re new to working out and want a few tips, everyone could do with a little reminder of some simple yet highly effective upper chest exercises. If you’re looking to build strength, muscle and thickness throughout your chest and need a few extra exercises to add to your gym routine, you’ve come to the right place. In this article we’re going to go over our top 3 best upper chest exercises for everyone from pros to beginners. Let’s get lifting!
Top 3 upper chest exercises
Incline Barbell Bench Press
Ok, the best way to tackle this exercise is…
- Set yourself up on a 30-45 degree angle on an incline bench.
- Hold an overhand grip barbell that’s shoulder width apart above your chest.
- In a controlled, slow movement lower the bar directly down to your chest.
- Take a slight pause.
- Press the barbell back up to the starting position, following a straight line upwards.
Reverse-Grip Bench Press
This one also helps target your triceps…
- Set up on your bench with a barbell.
- Grasp the bar with an underhand grip. Sit the bar in the heel of your palm, directly above the forearm bones. Your wrist should be slightly bent back.
- Position your body so that your mouth is directly under the bar.
- Lower the bar slowly until it touches a point on your mid-chest.
- Hold it there for a brief pause.
- Press it back up in a straight line above your chest.
Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
All you need are dumbbells and an incline bench…
- Set yourself up on your bench.
- Hold a dumbbell in each hand and position your hands at your shoulders. Elbows should be bent and angled below your ribs.
- Exhale, brace your core and press the dumbbells straight upwards above your chest. Keep your wrists straight the whole time.
- Slowly lower the dumbbells back to your chest as you exhale. Elbows should be at an approximately 45 degree angle to your body. Keep them pointed towards the floor.
Incorporating these exercises into your workout routine should help you establish a solid upper chest as time goes by. Always remember to take workout safety precautions into consideration when attempting a new exercise.