Best Workout for Chest


Every guy I have talked to about training wants a bigger and more developed chest. The truth is that a great chest is something you earn. Not something you are born with. For most guys, building a great chest is a long and daunting task. It takes a long time and results come slow if train like 99% of the people out there and make the same mistakes over and over again.

Mistake #1 – You Only Hit Chest Once Per Week

Most guys follow basic bodybuilding programs that dedicate equal amounts of time to each muscle group. Now, if your chest is a stubborn muscle group (for most guys this is the case) then it’s a wise idea to allocate more time towards training your chest. So instead of working your chest once per week, add a second workout into the mix. By doing this, you will guarantee consistent increase in the size and strength of your chest.

Mistake #2 – You’re Not Increasing Strength

In order for your chest to get bigger it has to get stronger. This is called progressive overload. By increasing the weight you can lift overtime your muscles adapt by increasing in size.

The problem is that 99% of the guys out there aren’t training in way that is conducive to strength gains. They slap on a 45 pound plate onto each side of the bar and perform 12 reps. They add more weight and try and do another high rep set to failure. They burn out their chest long before they even get to their ‘work set’. Instead, what they should be doing is building up to their work set without coming close to failure. This can be accomplished by performing each warm-up set for 3-6 reps explosively. Learn more about how I set up my training in this article about reverse pyramid training.

For example lets say that somebody wants to perform 5 reps with 200 pounds. Here is what they should do:

95 lbs x 8 reps

135 lbs x 5 reps

165 lbs x 3 reps

185 lbs x 3 reps

200 lbs x 5 reps

This method wakes up your body’s central nervous system without causing fatigue. Chances are, you will feel super strong when you get to your work sets.

Mistake #3 – Not Feeling Your Chest During The Workout

Several guys I have talked to never feel their chest during their chest workouts. This is because they don’t know how to bench press properly.

By rolling your shoulders back and squeezing your shoulder blades together you transfer the tension from your shoulders to your chest. As you press the weight up you should focus hard on squeezing your chest and developing the mind to muscle connection.

Here’s a little tip – during all of your chest exercises have your workout partner place their fingers where your trying to work your chest. This helps increase the mind to muscle connection as it gives you a reference point to work with.

Ex: during incline presses have your partner place their fingers on your upper chest. If your performing machine flies have your partner put their fingers on your inner chest.

Mistake #4 – You’re Selecting The Wrong Exercises

Exercise selection is extremely important in determining how your chest grows. Most people perform way to many flat presses and flat flies instead of incline presses. This results in an under-developed upper chest which gives the pectorals a droopy look. For a complete look into the Best Chest Exercises check out this article here – The Most Effective Chest Exercises for Button Popping Pecs

This Is The Best Workout For Chest

You can perform these chest workouts with any split that you would like. I recommend working chest with back. However you can perform chest and biceps or chest and triceps.

Greg Inclining

Chest Workout #1:

Incline Barbell Bench Press: 4 x 4-6 reps (3 minutes rest between sets – explode up, control down)

Gironda Neck Press: 3 x 6-8 reps (90 seconds rest between sets – controlled tempo)

Low Incline Dumbbell Squeeze Press: 3 x 8-12 reps (60 seconds rest between sets – slow and controlled, focus on squeezing the dumbbells together as hard as possible on the descent)

Chest Workout #2:

Incline Dumbbell Bench Press: 4 x 4-6 reps (2 minutes rest between sets – explode up, control down)

Gironda Dips or Regular Bar Dips: 3 x 6-8 reps (90 seconds rest between sets – controlled tempo)

Machine or Cable Flyes: 3 x 8-12 reps (60 seconds rest between sets – slow and controlled temp0)

Chest Workout #3

Flat Barbell Bench Press: 4 x 4-6 reps (3 minutes rest between sets – explode up, control down)

Incline Dumbbell Bench Press: 3 x 6-8 reps (90 seconds rest between sets – controlled tempo)

Low Incline Dumbbell Flyes: 3 x 8-10 (60 seconds rest between sets – slow and controlled)

Workout Notes:

  • Work your chest 2x per week alternating between the 3 workouts
  • Record your weight and reps every workout and focus on improving every single week
  • Controlled Tempo means 2 seconds up and 2 seconds down
  • Slow and Controlled Tempo means 3 seconds up and 3 seconds down

What Is The Thinking Behind This Workout?

When it comes to building masculine square pecs, these workouts are really as good as it gets. First off, you are going to be hitting your chest 2x per week. By working your chest 2x per week, you can drastically speed up progress. In fact, after a few weeks you should notice a bigger, fuller and more complete chest.

The first exercise of the workouts are dedicated towards increasing your strength. This is super important because progressive overload is crucial when it comes to building muscle. The first exercise we are going to perform only 4-6 repetitions with 3 minutes rest which is great for building strong and dense muscle.

This is because lower reps trigger myofibrillar hypertrophy which is an increase in size of  the actual muscle fibers – leading to stronger, denser and slightly larger muscles. Higher reps trigger sarcoplasmic hypertrophy which increases the fluid like substance in the muscles – this makes the muscle larger but not necessarily stronger.

For the second exercise we are going to increase the reps to 6-8 and decrease the rest time to 90 seconds. This is a great set-up for a balance of myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. Meaning, you will add nice size from this with an increase in strength too.

For the last exercise we are going to increase the reps to 8-12 and decrease the rest time to 60 seconds. This is where your going to get the best muscle building effect since this will target mostly sarcoplasmic hypertrophy. You will actually notice your chest looking bigger for the next couple hours due to the ‘pump’ effect.

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Your Kino Question For The Day: What struggles do you face with your chest training? What other questions about chest training do you have? Let me know in the comments below.

*Your results may vary. Testimonials and examples used are exceptional results and are not intended to guarantee, promise, represent and/or assure that anyone will achieve the same or similar results.
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25 responses to “Best Workout for Chest

  1. Greg help me with my workout I achieved my strength goals in all my compounds except incline bench so I created this:

    Workout 1

    Flat bench press 5 x 3 (pyramid up)
    Shoulder press reverse pyramid
    Dips 3 x 8 (slower every time)
    Lateral raises. Rest pause
    Ab machine reverse pyramid

    Workout 2

    Pull ups ( warm up) 2×8
    lat pull downs reverse pyramid
    Dumbbell curls reverse pyramid
    Row machine reverse pyramid
    Squats 5×3
    Leg press 2 sets reverse pyramid

    Workout 3
    Incline bench press reverse
    Machine press reverse pyramid
    Triceps extensions 3 x 10
    Knee ups
    V sit hold 2x failure

  2. Hi Greg
    I’m thinking about this 2 times per week routine. How should I do that?
    My schedule
    Legs+shoulders+shrugs +forearm

    My question – where I should put second workout with chest, you say that working it out once a week isn’t enough. So what should I do?

  3. Hi Greg,
    Really impressed by your work and advice about intermitted fasting and it has help me shed loads of fat and gained me more free time.

    But Just have a quick question, I am currently training 3 times a week with the following:
    Work out A – Chest & Triceps
    Incline Barbell Bench Press: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Incline DB or Machine Press: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Skull Crushers: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Rope Extensions: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    HIIT – Kettle bell swing + Press ups

    Work out B – Back & Biceps
    Pull ups : 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Cable Rows: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Bent Over Flyes: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Incline DB Curls: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Cable Rope Curls (hammer grip): 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    HIIT – Rowing + lat pull down

    Work out C – Shoulders & Legs
    DB Shoulder Press: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Hang Cleans: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Lateral Raises: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Pistol squats or Bulgarian Split Squats: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    Standing Dumbbell One Leg Calf Raises: 6 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6, 6, 12-15
    HIIT – Pushup position knee lifts + prison squats

    As it stands I want to include doing my chest twice a week as you advised so I can fill it out and what I’m really asking is where would you recommend I include it…

    I’m pretty sure I’m just being greedy here and If it turns out that I cant add in the additional chest days would you recommend I just go through the phases in Rusty Moore’s book?

    (Last question)
    Would it also go to reason if my back is rubbish (no “wings”) that I should also train that twice a week?

    sorry for the longer then expected question…

  4. Hello.

    I’m teen and I’ve just started working out. My problem is that I have a bad body structure and bad genetics. My waist is wider than my chest and I have kind of bulky legs and big ass even though I have never trained my legs. My whole upper body is smaller and quite skinny. Today I did bench press and incline DB bench press but i didn’t feel my chest after. Should I start to follow that workout above? How do I get my chest wider and upper body bigger?

    1. It will take time to transform your physique. This workout is more of an advanced routine for people with a lagging chest. I would recommend one of my other routines. Maybe your form was wrong. Ask for professional help to see if you are exercising properly.

    1. 30-45 degrees. I like to go pretty much 45 degrees or slightly below but some people find it doesn’t hit their chest very well if they go above 45 degrees. Since I keep my chest really high and back arched this has never been a problem.

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