Chest and Back Strength

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by AJCY133, Dec 7, 2007.

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  1. Are there any exercises anyone here uses that helps to significantly strengthen and develop the upper half of your chest?

    And is tabbing with weight a good way of strenthening your back or more likely to cause damage?
  2. Chest: Bench press, incline pench press, weight dips.
    Back: Deadlifts, rows, weighted WG chins

    Tabbing will help you tab.
  3. Incline bench press is great for the upper chest, if you dont have a bench you can do supported handstand presses.

    Stand about 3 feet in front of a wall facing away from it and place your hands on the ground. Now walk your legs up the wall so you are leaning against it like a ladder. Now do press ups!

    Fun exercise.
  4. Do you mean your pecs, or the upper half of your pecs? Not that it matters, I think. Supposedly anything pushing down and out (like dips) mainly activates the lower part of the chest, anything up and out (like inclines) hits the upper, but I've always been a bit sceptical whether the difference is going to be very noticeable for most people. I think it's mainly genetic - depends where your body naturally has the tissue.

    Personally the move towards lifting such heavy weights that I fail in 2-3 reps seems to be having useful effects. Bits of me are wobbling again for the right reasons when I walk down stairs. The added advantage is that there is nothing like the same pain involved. 3 chins with 88lb hanging off doesn't really hurt, 17 ordinary ones burns and seems to cause a lot more damage that takes longer to heal.

    Reference the push ups in the handstand position - horribly difficult and something that a lot of people (me included) could never do safely. I think if you are vertical it is going to be shoulder and tricep rather than chest. If I had a smooth bit of MDF I would try putting that at the bottom of the stairs and try pushing myself up it. I've a feeling that would be about right for upper chest.
  5. Should have been clearer about the handtand press. You shouldnt try to be vertical, but at an angle maybe 30 degrees from vertical. That way it focuses on chest and pecs. Isnt that difficult and not dangerous. Give it a try.