(KUTV)- Working out your chest muscles doesn't have to be limited to doing just standard bench presses, push-ups or flyes.
Intermountain Medical Center exercise specialist, Jeffrey Beck says, whether you are a novice or advanced, there are a lot of creative ways to work the chest muscles in order to take your training to the next level. Beck suggests adding or switching in the following chest exercises to your routine and start enhancing strength and shape to your pecs.
1) Chest Fly To Press: Lie on a flat bench and hold a pair of dumbbells straight up above your chest. Keeping a slight bend in your elbows, lower the weight down out to the sides until your arms are roughly parallel to the floor. Return to starting position and then lower the weight straight down to your chest, keeping your elbows facing forward. Press the weight back up to starting position. This constitutes one repetition. Complete 3-4 sets of 10 reps.
2) Reverse Grip Push-Ups: Place your hands on a flat bench using an underhand grip (fingers should be pointed toward the ground), feet behind you and keep your body in a straight line. Lower your upper body down toward the bench until your chest is about an inch from touching it. Press yourself back to starting position and squeeze your chest muscles at the top of the movement. Complete 3-4 sets of 10 reps.
3) Standing Dumbbell Cross: From a standing position, hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides with your palms facing forward. Keeping a slight bend in your elbows, raise your right arm straight out and across to your left side until the dumbbell reaches chest level. Squeeze the right chest muscle at the top of the movement and return to starting position. Repeat with your other arm. Complete 3-4 sets of 10 reps per arm.