Episode 39 – Four chest exercises for busy people


It’s that time of the week again: Chest day!


Imagine this: it’s a busy time of the month, deadlines are coming in fast and you’re in a rush to squeeze in a quick gym session.  Let’s waste no more time! 


A quick refresher on the chest!

Your chest muscles are fundamentally made up of the pec major. There’s also a pec minor but that’s a deeper muscle and its purpose is slightly different to your focus today. The pec muscles are also supported by the triceps and shoulder muscles on the push movement pattern. The pecs are also recruited in another movement pattern involving the front arm sling (or front arm myofascial line).

This group of muscles include: the forearms, biceps, front shoulders, and pecs and are work together in a “flye” motion. 

Anyway, enough with the notes! Let’s do this! 


Here are four effective chest exercises for busy people!


1.Barbell Bench Press

The barbell bench press is the standard in chest and push motion exercises. This compound exercise will always be in your workout program and gives you a benchmark to gauge your chest strength development.


How to do it?

To perform a barbell bench press, look for the bench and barbell set up in your gym. Lie down on the bench with your head underneath the barbell.

Lift the bar off the rack, hold it steady above your chest (the “nipple line” is a good imagery line to follow) then comfortably lower the bar to your heart / chest area.

Pause for a moment then push back up. Keep the bar stable throughout the motion.

Barbell bench press

2.Dumbbell Bench Press

The dumbbell bench press is the other exercise that will bring effective results to your chest program. While it may seem like an advanced exercise, it’s actually quite basic and great to incorporate into your workout as soon as possible. The advantage of this exercise is the isolation of each arm and, it will also allow you to work on symmetry in size and strength for both sides of the body.


How to do it?

To do dumbbell bench press effectively, simply look for a bench in the dumbbell area and sit on it with the dumbbells resting on your knees. The next step might be a bit tricky but, “knee up” and bicep curl the dumbbells at the same time (one at a time if needed) up near your chest – hold it there firmly for a 1-2 seconds – and then lie down on the bench.

Once in a comfy position on the bench, push both weights up overhead into your starting position. Make sure it’s symmetrical about the chest. When you’re ready lower the weights to your chest, perform the bench press and then return to the start. 

When finished, bring the dumbbells back down to your chest and “crunch up,” placing the weights on your knees and then back to the ground.

Note: if you’re starting out it’s best to get a spotter to help you with this.

Dumbbell bench press

What are the two other chest exercises for busy people? Read on below.

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