Thought just fist pumping and doing Britney Spears’ 500 crunches a night got you the body you wanted in time for beach season? Think again.
Yes – the fist pumping helps the biceps and forearms and the crunches help keep your abs and sexy “V” in tact, but what about your stomach? Who wants to see saggy man boobs and droopy pecks poolside? Incorporating these choice chest presses will solve that problem and you’ll get more of the right sets of eyes looking at the right prize.
Incorporate incline dumbbell bench presses. This exercise including the popular incline dumbbell flyes and dumbbell pullovers can be good for making your chest more toned. The incline dumbbell bench press is good for your upper chest, and also your shoulders and arms get secondary load.
Choose your incline, here’s the breakdown:
low – 20-25 degree angle
medium (regular) 45 degree angle
high – 65-70 degree angle
Grab your weights (know the difference on what you are capable of benching) and set one on each side of you.
Sit and begin to pump! Do at least six reps, resting ten seconds.
Rest an additional two to three minutes after your third or forth set.
Incline dumbbell flyes is a great exercise to tone your upper chest and stretch it in the negative phase of the exercise. Try to choose a weight that you can handle safe! This is not a power exercise.
According to Men’s Fitness, instead of lightening the load on each set and reducing the demand on your muscles (the way the technique is normally done), you’ll simply change the angle from incline to fl at to decline—this puts you in progressively stronger mechanical positions, so you can keep the superset going without having to stop or switch dumbbells.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”