MUSCLE #14, CHEST MUSCLES work together with the upper back muscles to support posture, breathing, and many basic movements such as raising your arm, throwing a ball, or looking up at the sky.

CHEST MUSCLES work together with the upper back muscles to support posture, breathing, and many basic movements such as raising your arm, throwing a ball, or looking up at the sky. They are the second most popular "show off" muscles for men after the biceps. The chest muscles also support deep breathing by moving the diaphragm muscle, a horizontal flat muscle located between the lungs and abdomen inside the lower chest which pulls the lungs down filling them with air and then pushing them up as you exhale. The pectorals are the best known chest muscles but the movements of the chest involve the arm muscles, trapezius, and abdominals working together. Nine muscles in the chest and back move the upper arm and shoulder blades together drawing them forward. The chest muscles include the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, and serratus muscles. Many men overwork their front chest muscles but ignore the upper back leading to a hunched posture. For women, working the chest muscles and back muscles in a balanced way is important in supporting an attractive chest posture. The best exercises for the chest use dumbells and a bench. A straight dumbbell push while lying on a flat bench or moving the dumbells overhead while lying down can be done on a flat bench or at different inclined angles to work different chest muscles. Many machines including cable machines offer targeted exercises for the chest muscles. If you don't have access to machines, you can do push-ups almost anywhere. Keep your abdominal muscles tight as you do your push-ups and do them slowly on the way down for best results. Always stretch your chest before exercising. Start with 10 push-ups and increase to 15 to 20 repetitions. Remember to have your Protein-Rich shake within 30 minutes to 1 hour after you finish your exercise session, and you can build balanced chest and back muscles for a great look and great PECS !!#drdavidheber #chest #pecs #pushups #weightlifting to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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