Here is our breakdown for the best chest exercises that will give you more muscular pecs. If you’ve read any of my articles on arm training, you know I’m all about building big, muscular arms that ooze power and look great! But to look and feel your very best you’ve got to balance those guns with a thick, muscular chest.

I know we may sound like a broken record at this point, but remember that we use the term “bodybuilder” loosely – when we mention bodybuilder, it doesn’t mean you have to be a competitor. It just means that you’re looking to “build” or sculpt your body. So when looking for the best chest exercises, this is not to give you perfect symmetry to win the Mr. Olympia competition, it is to get true results.

Many beginning bodybuilders mistakenly believe that barbell bench press is all they need to build a massive chest. Some guys love to impress themselves by bragging about how much they can “bench.” Hopefully you’re not in this crowd because you simply can’t build truly awesome pecs with the barbell bench press alone. The standard bench press is a compound exercise that involves coordinated work from the chest, triceps and shoulders. While this exercise is great for building overall upper body strength, it’s not enough for getting maximum growth, shape and muscularity in the entire pectoral region.

If you really want a big, muscular chest with well-defined pecs that look like tectonic plates, you should try the 5 chest building exercises I’ve listed below. I’ve chosen these exercises because they’re simple and effective for beginners who need a solid foundation in chest-building fundamentals to achieve long-term bodybuilding success. The equipment needed for each exercise is generally available at any gym or health club. Each of my Top 5 chest-building exercises will help you simultaneously build mass, shape and power in your chest. The entire pectoral area is directly targeted during each exercise to maximize growth and efficiency from your workouts.

Now, here’s my list of the Top 5 starter exercises for building the big, muscular chest that you desire! They’re not listed in any particular order, so there’s no reason to think that one particular exercise is better than another. You must decide what works best for you by experimenting with each exercise. But rest assured that any chest-building program that includes all of these exercises will definitely add inches, symmetry and power to your pecs.

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