Make no mistake, it’s extremely hard focus and build your upper chest. I’ve tried just about every exercise you can think of and the best upper chest workout exercises are the ones I’ve highlighted for you below. Building your upper chest can be a pain for a bunch of reasons. The most troubling out of all of them happens to be that you work your shoulders so much in conjunction with your chest. If you fit an upper chest blast day during your compound lift days, you might worry about over-training your shoulders on your in between or off days.
It’s important to find the balance that works for your own body type. You need to strike that balance by trying what works for you after you’ve formulated a solid workout plan. For some sample strength training information and ideas, check Bodybuilder training out my sample workout page by clicking here. Whatever your goals are, I can personally tell you what a great feeling it is being able to drop that extra button on my polo shirts or button down shirts when I’m heading out for a night on the town. Having a solid upper chest not only looks great, but can give you that little extra edge or extra boost of confidence that you might not have head when heading out for an evening amongst the guys. Now, let’s move on and walk through my 3 Favorite Upper Chest exercises. Utilizing any two of these with your other compound lift days (typically a Monday or Friday) should help you maximize your results if you add them in to at least cover a 6 week time period of a consistent workout routine. Here we go.
The Close Grip Incline Barbell Bench Press:
This is my absolute favorite exercise out of all of them. It’s pretty much impossible to beat the incline barbell press for any upper chest routine. Making sure you use a close grip will also help you develop your shoulders and put more pressure on your triceps as well. As always, executing the appropriate form for the incline close grip barbell bench press is absolutely key. If you don’t have the correct form, it’s better to focus on a different compound exercise until you have your routine down pat. For a brief video of how to execute the appropriate form, check out the video below.
The Incline Dumbbell Press:
Similar to the close grip barbell bench press, the incline dumbbell press utilizes dumbbells giving your arms a more free range of motion. I would recommend these for someone that might be more of a beginner or someone whom feels that perhaps they might be a little stronger on one side of your body than the other. When you overcompensate using a barbell exercise, it can lead to temporary muscle strain or even injury. Using dumbbells will cut down on that risk pretty significantly because each arm is forced to pull its own weight, so you can go lighter and continue to push yourself until your body is a little more balanced. Keep in mind that dumbbells tend to be a little less compound in movement, but are overall still a fantastic way to give your upper chest a good run through. See a brief video below for proper form on the incline dumbbell press.
The Incline Dumbbell Fly:
These bad boys are almost all isolation exercises. You do target your shoulders slightly when performing this exercise, but most of the pressure is solely on your upper chest. This exercise is absolutely fantastic if you are going through a cutting phase and are targeting a couple of exercises that can give you a little more definition over a traditional strength training exercise. See a brief video below for proper form of an incline dumbbell fly.
There you have it. Those are what I would call the 3 best upper chest workout exercises you can do to really stimulate some great muscle gains in your upper chest. I would never neglect my compound exercises unless I’m really hitting a plateau. With that being said, any of these upper chest exercises can help spice up your workouts and give you a nice edge if you are flat lining or having a problem getting past a certain point with your traditional weight training routines. As always, it’s imperative that you focus on nutrition and make sure you prep yourself with an appropriate supplementation plan if you don’t have the time to cook every meal throughout your day.