This is Raphael's absolute favorite upper body exercises; works the chest, shoulders and biceps
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We are now going to perform one of my absolute favorite upper body exercises. It is called the dumbbell chest press. I like this exercise a lot. It works the chest, works the shoulders, and works the triceps indirectly, the back of the arm. So, we got a lot of muscles work with one exercise. Cathy begins with the dumbbells on her thighs, she lowers down on the bench so her back is flat and her palms face forward with the dumbbells directly in line over the chest. She then lowers to 90 degrees and pushes up, lower again, exhale up. When she comes to the top, she’s not fully extending the elbow. I don’t want you to lock the joint. We always want to protect the joints. She lowers again to 90 degrees, comes up. The reason I have her to lower to 90 degrees “lower Cathy”, and not lower than this is because I want to protect your shoulder joints. If you tend to go down too low, you’re a do get a lot of stress on that shoulder. Exhale up, inhale down, exhale up, very good. Now, let’s perform 12 repetitions, ready. That’s 1, good, she’s exhaling up, breathings important. Not locking the elbow at the top, not coming past 90 degrees, very good. The tendency could be to hold your breath, so remember to exhale as you push up and inhale as you come down, very good Cathy. Good job, you’re contracting those chest muscles at the top part of the position. And when you’re finish with all the reps, you’re just going to slowly come forward and begin right where you started. So, dumbbell chest press.