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Fear Not the Strong Chest: Pectoral Muscles

Fear Not the Strong Chest: Pectoral Muscles



Where are my pecs?
What do my pecs do?
How do I get strong pecs?
How do I stretch my pecs?


Where are my pecs?
Your pectorals (called pecs) are the chest muscles under your breasts. The pecs run from your breastbone to the shoulder on each side. Maybe that's why so many marketing gimmicks promise you'll increase the size of your breasts if you buy their chest-toning gadgets. The truth is that working your pecs will only firm your pecs. Chest exercises won't make your breasts bigger or smaller. back to top

What do my pecs do?
Strong pecs help you push and hug, as well as add oomph to any movements that involve your arms and shoulders. Powerful pecs help you maneuver your bike up a steep hill when your legs are giving out. They help you mow the lawn quickly and give your friend a hug when she finds the earring you lost when you slept over her house. Pecs give gymnasts the strength to perform those powerful vaults and bar routines and give cross-country skiers speed and control. back to top

How do I get strong pecs?
Any movement that involves pushing or pressing a weight (or your own body weight) will strengthen your pectoral muscles. While you're working your pecs, you'll be strengthening your shoulder muscles and triceps too. What a bonus! Try these resistance training exercises for your pectorals: modified push-up and dumbbell chest press. back to top

How do I stretch my pecs?
After you finish your strength training routine, be sure to stretch your muscles. Stretching helps your muscles get rid of the lactic acid that builds up and makes you feel sore a day or two after your workout. If you are on a bench, let your arms drop to the sides and hang out to stretch your chest muscles. Or try this butterfly chest stretch to get a good stretch for your pecs. back to top

 
 
 
Last Modified Date: 3/22/2001
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