Beginners Guide To Building Your Chest

Beginners Guide To Building Your Chest
Learn chest anatomy and function, and build the upper, middle and lower chest with these 5 amazing workout routines from Betancourt's Alex Stewart.

Chest workoutsDoes your chest resemble a sheet of plywood instead of the mountains of muscle you have always wanted? Do you spend countless hours on the bench press with no gains in size? Have you started to think that you were just no meant to have a big chest?

Well stop right there, you're wrong. I can’t promise you will ever have the chest of the great Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I can promise you can make a difference to your chest and put some great size on it if you are willing to just hear me out.

In the article below I will discuss the anatomy of the chest, its function, location in the body and some exercises for each area of the chest. Finally, and what you have been waiting for, I will include 5 of my favorite chest workout programs to help turn your flat chest into massive slabs of muscle.

The chest is made up of 2 muscles that work together to make the chest function. These muscle are the Pectoralis Major and Pectoralis Minor. Basically the Pectoralis Minor is located directly under the Pectoralis Major.

Location: Starts at the clavicle inserts at the sternum and the armpit area (Humerous).

Function: 3 different functions:

  • Side arm pitching motion.
  • Bring your arm up and down at your sides.
  • Arm wresting motion.

Exercises: Bench Press and Flys.

Though the chest is made up of one single mass of muscle it should be trained like it was broken into 3 parts. The Upper, Middle and Lower portions of the chest are stimulated best from changing the angle in which you execute the exercise.

The Upper Chest is best stimulated from exercises done on a 30-45 degree incline bench. For example, Incline Barbell and Dumbbell Bench Press or Incline Dumbbell Flies are great Upper Chest exercises.

The Middle Chest is best stimulated from exercises done on a flat bench. For Example Flat Barbell and Dumbbell Bench Press or Flat Dumbbell Flies are great Middle Chest exercises.

The Lower Chest is best stimulated from exercises done on a 30-45% decline bench. For Example Decline Barbell and Dumbbell Bench Press or Decline Dumbbell Flies are great Lower Chest exercises.

I find all areas of the chest respond best in the beginning to low (4-6) or moderate (8-12) rep ranges. Rarely, I will include higher rep ranges for beginners, as I believe the heavier weight helps build a more solid foundation that beginners need. I also find that free weights should be your entire focus in the beginning, especially if chest is a weak point for you. The free weights just develop the chest a lot better than machines do in my opinion.

Now that you understand about what muscles make up your chest, their function, location and the rep range needed to stimulate them, let’s give you some workouts to help you build your chest.

All exercises should be performed in perfect form because bad form or habits that you start now will follow you and will lead to lack of progress or worst off injury in the future. Many if not all the exercises will be new to you. So make sure that you use the Exercise Guide on Muscleandstrength.com to help you with your form.

Chest workouts

5 Chest Building Workout Programs

1. Upper Chest Day

* The lowering portion of the exercise should take 5-10 sec.

2. Middle Chest Day

*The lowering portion of the exercise should take 5-10 sec.

3. Lower Chest Day

* The lowering portion of the exercise should take 5-10 sec.

4. Barbell Strength Day

*Lean forward to in gage your chest.

5. Dumbbell Size Day

*Lean forward to engage your chest.

These 5 workouts I use to this day. They help bring up my chest which has been a weak point for me since my shoulder surgery back in 2005. Yes, I am using more weight than when I started but basic free weight workouts are the best for putting on dense thick muscle mass in your chest that you have always been looking for. I want you to pick one of the workouts above and use it for 4-6 weeks trying to increase the weight each workout (while still using perfect form), then rotate to a different chest workout and repeat the process.

Now comes the fun part, “It's Chest Building Time”. You have your knowledge and your workouts are laid out for you so “JUST GO LIFT.”

Alex Stewart is the Sales Manager for Betancourt Nutrition Supplements. For more information on Betancourt Nutrition supplements, click here.