If you’re looking forward to building a stronger physique, a full-body workout is an effective solution. With your biceps, triceps and core being the focal point of your workout, you can also focus on building your chest muscles. Chest workouts are crucial to achieve a leaner and a stronger-looking physique.
If you cannot make it to the gym on a chest day, simple chest workouts can be done at home. It doesn’t matter where you get your chest workouts done. What matters is you don’t skip out the workouts targeted towards shaping your chest. Before you begin with the chest workouts, a warming-up session is vital. Hook your fingers together behind your back and raise your arms behind you. Keep them as straight as possible as you do so. Once you’ve stretched out, try doing some low-intensity dynamic movements such as gentle press-ups against the wall.
Here are some chest workouts that you can follow right from the comfort of your home.
- Standard push-ups: You must definitely know this basic chest workout because old is gold. All you need to do is lie face down flat on the floor, have your hands in line with your shoulders and extend your arms, so they’re straight. Then, get up on your toes, keeping a straight line all the way from your heels to your neck. Just be careful not to flex your hips or curve your back. Do three sets with 10 reps each, and you’re done. You can do this simple chest workout even during your lunch break.
- Plyometric push-ups: This chest workout will take your workout level a notch higher. Begin with the stand push-up pose and lower yourself to the floor. Try and push yourself with such force that your hands actually leave the floor. If you really want to show off, try clapping your hands during each push-up. With this workout, you’ll burn more calories and improve your stamina too.
- Diamond push-ups: This is another variant of your standard push-ups for your chest workout. Instead of having your hand’s shoulder width apart, try having them underneath your chest, with your thumb and index finger touching. Work your arms and core, too, with this chest workout.
- Shuffle push-ups: Why not shuffle your push-ups along with your music? For this, you start in a standard push-up position, but instead of having both hands level, push one out in front of you and one behind you. Complete a push-up and then swap hands and try again.
- One leg push-ups: The name itself suggests that this chest workout will be a tad bit strenuous. Start in the standard push-up pose and then raise one leg. Keeping your glutes tight, complete your set of reps (try and get to 10) before swapping legs.
While doing these chest workouts at home, make sure you take at least 90-120 seconds of rest between each set. For better results, you need to be persistent and also follow a healthy diet.