Chest Press with Dumbbells and Barbells


Hi, this is Al Stockwell coming to you from Health Targeted Solutions here in Clinton Township, Michigan. Today, I want to talk to you about chest presses. So we spoke about pushups in the past. We talked a lot about core work. We talked about being a little more efficient in our workouts to do you as much as possible in a shorter time. So we can do, they call it compound movements, multiple muscles, doing a lot of work at the same time to try and be more efficient at our workouts.

First, I’m going to start with the dumbbells. So dumbbells offer a little different variety than just a barbell. We’re doing this on the floor because we will incorporate our legs and work into our core a little more. So we have stability balls that you see behind me that will do, but we use the stability balls when we’re going to do a little bit less weight because we don’t want to turn this into a circus act and put too many people at risk of dropping dumbbells on themselves. And that’s never a fun thing. 

So the first thing we’re going to do is lay back. We’re going to do a chest press with dumbbells, and you’ll see that along with working on this plane of motion, we’re also going to be working to keep the dumbbell steady from going forward, backward, or side to say. I’m just going to do a couple of these, and I’ll show you one more variation. We’re going to pick our feet up just off the floor. The arms will go to the floor and right back up, and then we’re going to leg graze up and down. We would do these anywhere between 15 and 20 times to help work on the chest and work into our low back and abdominal muscles, along with our hip flexors, which are at the bend in your hip. 

So if somebody has a back history, obviously, we wouldn’t be doing this. We could do a little different variation of it that we would talk about, a little bit later if we’re, when we’re talking about back stuff. But any back history wouldn’t be the first move to go to. 

The next thing I’m going to show you is the same movement except with a bar. We still have this we’re fighting along with this movement, but it’s not quite as much as it would be with two separate dumbbells. 

I’ll show you this. So, nice and easy up our legs are up off the floor. We do our chest press, leg raise, and then we can get a little more aggressive and get your hips just off the floor, and that’s what we’re after. 

So again, chest press primarily works on our chest. Secondary are our triceps, but we add a few other movements to engage our core more, so the low back is huge here., hip flexors and our lower abdominal muscles. 

My name’s Al Stockwell at Health Targeted Solutions in Clinton Township. My phone number is 586-202-9752. Feel free to give me a call or shoot me a text with any questions. Don’t forget to hit the subscribe button. Have a great day.

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