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Upper Body Exercises: Chest Press

Man doing chest press exercise on floor.

This exercise stretches and strengthens your upper body. Before starting, read through all the instructions. During the exercise, breathe normally and use smooth movements. Stop if you feel any pain. If pain persists, call your healthcare provider.

  • Hold a ____ pound weight in each hand. Lie on your back on a flat bench with knees bent. Hold your arms straight up with weights in line with your chest.

  • Lower your arms down and out until your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle. Return to starting position.

  • Repeat ____ times. Do ____ sets ____ times a day.

CAUTION: Don’t arch your back. Keep your knees bent.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bellendir, Trina, MSPT, CLT
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 3/9/2013
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