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Favorite Chest Exercise

what do you guys think?

Barbell Bench Presses

Personally, I think I really like my favorite chest exercise. Anybody else think likewise?

All of them!

BENCH.

Barbell Bench Press!!

Does sucking on titties count?

If not, then incline DB press.

Why do people not recommend push-ups? Is it just because you can do so many of them? Most people can do a lot of dips too, though, which are usually recommended. I’ve read you can make them more challenging by putting your feet up on a bench instead of on the ground. Just asking b/c I’m a beginner who likes push-ups but I’m not doing them now because they’re not part of the S2B program I’m following.

Isolated dumbell curls, followed closely by the bench press.

[quote]Bonn1997 wrote:
Why do people not recommend push-ups? [/quote]

Probably because they don’t like to do push ups or they don’t respond well to them. I do them… they work pretty good actually. Whoever doesn’t recommend the exercise usually doesn’t do it.

Generally all exercises are good and all programs too, its the hard work and effort that make something work or not work, good or not good.

Most of this is all preference.

Bar thrusts. Basically you stick a barbell in a corner like you would t-bar rows, but raise the bar high enough to where you can press it with one arm. It’s tough because you have to keep your torso rigid so you don’t twist.

db bench on the stability ball

[quote]Bonn1997 wrote:
Why do people not recommend push-ups?[/quote]

I think it’s because a lot of people feel they’ve “outgrown” them and don’t see the need to do them. I do pushups, but I usually save them for active recovery days only or incorporate them in the warmup. If you can’t do more than 20, make pushups a priority.

[quote]
I’ve read you can make them more challenging by putting your feet up on a bench instead of on the ground. Just asking b/c I’m a beginner who likes push-ups but I’m not doing them now because they’re not part of the S2B program I’m following. [/quote]

Oh yeah, the possibilities are endless. One way I’ve been doing pushups is with my hands on a stability ball. It works all the muscles in the shoulder girdle and can be pretty difficult. If you like them, go ahead and bust out a few sets on off days if they’re not part of the program you’re currently using.

[quote]Doug Adams wrote:
Bonn1997 wrote:
Why do people not recommend push-ups?

I think it’s because a lot of people feel they’ve “outgrown” them and don’t see the need to do them. I do pushups, but I usually save them for active recovery days only or incorporate them in the warmup. If you can’t do more than 20, make pushups a priority.

I’ve read you can make them more challenging by putting your feet up on a bench instead of on the ground. Just asking b/c I’m a beginner who likes push-ups but I’m not doing them now because they’re not part of the S2B program I’m following.

Oh yeah, the possibilities are endless. One way I’ve been doing pushups is with my hands on a stability ball. It works all the muscles in the shoulder girdle and can be pretty difficult. If you like them, go ahead and bust out a few sets on off days if they’re not part of the program you’re currently using.
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Thanks; that’s definitely helpful. I’m a beginner. I would say my chest is behind the rest of my body (not that the rest is huge, though). Last I checked, I could do 19 push-ups and when I do 5 x 5 incline bench presses, I’m still at slightly below body weight. (In contrast, I squat and deadlift about 1.25 x body weight.) On Mondays I do 5 x 5 bench presses and Fridays I do 5 x 5 dips. I don’t do any chest exercises on Wednesdays. Maybe I’ll throw in like 3 x 10 of push-ups.