🔥 Chest Exercises Tutorial
✅ Slowly building back my strength on chest, focusing on strengthening my weakness by paying attention to detail and apply different methods.
✅ You approach to weight training shouldn’t linear, be more dynamic in your approach using a range of exercises.
✅ Full workout:
1️⃣ Flat Barbell Press – 4 Sets (increase weight each set)
2️⃣ Incline Dumbbell Press – 4 Sets
3️⃣ Incline Machine Press 4-6 Sets + DropSet
4️⃣ Standing Cable Flys 4-6 Set
5️⃣ Seated Machine Flys – 4 Sets (10-12 Reps)
🚨 Cable Crossover Exercise
Cable crossover exercise is great for working the center (inner portion) of the chest. There is some front deltoid involvement as well. The main advantage of the cable over dumbbells or a machine is that you can bring your arms either toward your abdomen or toward your head (or anywhere else between these two points) to change the angle at which the pectoralis muscles work. In fact, the chest area should be worked at a variety of angles.
🚨 How to Perform Cable Crossover – Proper Technique
✅ STARTING POSITION: Attach D-handles to the upper pulleys (highest position) on a cable machine. Stand between the two pulleys with your legs semi-flexed (preferably with one leg set a little farther forward) and your trunk leaning slightly forward at the waist (approximately 15° to 45º) to fix your abdominal muscles. Grasp the handles with your palms facing each other and bend your elbows slightly. Let your arms travel back in a wide arc so that they are just behind the line of your torso. This is the start position.
✅ ACTION: In a simultaneous downward/inward motion (in a wide arc), bring the handles to a point in the front of your midsection (in front of your waist), keeping your arms (elbows) slightly bent. Pause a moment and squeeze out a peak contraction before slowly allowing the handles to return to the start position, resisting the weight as you do so. A low trajectory, in which the handles meet in front of your hip or waist, targets the lower fibers of the pectoral muscle. Crossing over your hands at the bottom increases the range of motion and targets the inner, central portion of the pectorals. So it is very advisable to cross your hands over one another so that your wrists touch in order to get a much stronger contraction and to promote development in the center of your chest.
🚨 Muscles Involved
Cable crossover works a huge number of muscle groups, including the pectoralis major and minor (chest) muscles, serratus anterior (upper and outer rib cage), deltoids (shoulders), and coracobrachialis (inner upper arm).
- MAIN MUSCLES: lower pectoralis major, deltoids (anterior)
- SECONDARY MUSCLES: pectoralis minor, coracobrachialis, serratus anterior, subscapularis, biceps
- ANTAGONISTS: latissimus dorsi, deltoids (posterior), triceps
🚨 Tips & Tricks
- Choose a weight that is not so heavy as to pull your body back from its braced position.
- Do not use the momentum of your body to complete the movement because you will almost certainly lose balance and risk injury.
- A moderate load is better due to the strain on the elbows and shoulders.
- With the standing cable crossover, you need to tilt your entire body—from your feet to your head— slightly forward (about 25 degrees in relation to the floor). This allows you to keep your balance as you raise and lower the cables from the high pulleys.
- A low trajectory, in which the handles meet in front of your hip or waist, targets the lower fibers of the pectoral muscle. A high trajectory, in which the handles meet at chest level, targets the midsection of the pecs.
- Make sure that your arms move at the same speed and that your elbows stay in the same slightly bent position throughout the movement.
- Focus on using your chest muscles to perform the movement – do not curl your shoulders forwards as you bring the handles together.
- Never straighten your arms completely during the exercise because doing so places too much unwanted stress on the biceps tendons.
🚨 Common Mistakes
- Doing a press-style exercise rather than flyes (due to excessive weight or poor technique);
- Shifting the trunk to help the movement;
- Too little weight;
🚨 Cable Crossover Variations
You can perform the cable crossover exercise at varying heights by setting the pulley to a low position or to waist height. These different start position allow you to work your chest muscles from slightly different angles.
You can also cross over your hands at the bottom to increase the range of motion and target the inner, central portion of the pectorals.