Building your upper chest is one of the most important concepts to having an overall well-developed chest. Many bodybuilders and bodybuilding enthusiast will admit this area lacks or has lacked at some point. This is probably because many that do not lift weights or non-educated lifters tend to measure strength by how much one can bench press thus many lifters early on concentrate more on bench press and incline movements take a back seat.
How many times has someone asked you ‘How much do you bench?’ Probably more times than you can count. Now tell me how many times someone’s asked you ‘How much can you incline press?’ I’d venture to say close to none. Flat barbell press is indeed a great exercise for building a huge chest and for developing strength and power. However, nothing will build and shape your chest muscles like incline chest exercises.
This is a chest workout that you may want to incorporate every other chest day or even once a month if you really want to develop your upper chest. But even if you don’t perform this particular upper chest workout you should still implement incline movements in your chest routine. The upper chest workout below consists of all incline chest exercises. Though you should train with heavy weights you want to make sure you get good muscle contractions and squeeze the muscle throughout each rep. In other words don’t just lift the weight; feel the weight.
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|Incline Dumbbell Press||4||10|
|Incline Dumbbell Flyes||4||10|
|Hammer Strength Incline Press||4||10|
Feeling the Muscle: You’ll hear me say this like a broken record; don’t just lift the weight. Don’t merely go through the motions. You have to feel the muscle working. This means controlling the weight on the descent of the exercise and squeezing the muscle throughout your reps.
Go All-Out: The goal here is to reach complete muscle exhaustion. Lift until you can’t lift anymore, and then some.
Be Consistent with Incline Chest Exercises: It’s going to be tempting to throw in the towel if you’re not used to incline chest movements. You’re naturally stronger on flat bench. But if you keep pushing and if you’re consistent your incline bench weight will definitely go up and you’ll notice your chest muscles looking fuller and more developed.