Chest Exercises for Weight Training
Chest exercises are weight training exercises that are designed to strengthen the muscles located in the area of your chest.
The muscles located inside your chest are called the pectoral muscles (pectoralis major and minor) and chest exercises are usually divided into two groups: upper chest exercises or lower chest exercises.
Your chest muscles are solicited whenever you are engaged in a pushing motion with your arms and will usually solicit the help from neighbouring muscles, specifically the trice and the deltoid muscles. Because of the sheer number of pushing motions involved in day to day activities (pushing the shopping cart, closing the car door, etc.) and because the chest area is one of the most visible part of a person's anatomy chest exercises form an extremely popular type of weight training exercises.
Chest exercises are predominantly performed using a workout bench and a barbell but many can be performed using dumbbells, strength equipment or even without using any equipment at all (such as the pushup). The most notable chest exercise is the bench press in which you lie on your back on a workout bench and push a barbell up and down towards your chest. Also well known is the strength exercise known as the pec-deck fly in which you use a gym-type equipment and pull your arms towards each other.