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Chest Muscles Anatomy

    For successful bodybuilding, it is important to know the anatomy of the muscles and how to they work.

    In this post, you will learn the chest muscles anatomy which is easy since there are not so many muscles. The muscles of the chest are the following ones.


    The first is the pectoralis major which is the largest one and located in the center of the chest. Because of its size it is the strongest one and mainly it is responsible for having huge chest. The pectoralis mayor works the most if you do push up or bench press like moves, but since you push, your deltoids and triceps work as well. You can find a lot of pectoralis major muscle exercises within our chest category..

    Pectoralis minor is a much smaller muscle, and it is under the pectoralis mayor. The minor and mayor works together and although it is a rather small one it is pretty strong.

    These are the two main parts, but we must not forget the serratus anterior which is located on the sides of the chest. It moves your scapula upward and forward.

    As you see, they are pushing muscles of the upper body. Whenever you press something in front of you, they work, for example, when you do barbell or dumbbell bench presses.

    If you want to build a big chest, you need to work these muscles by doing exercises that stimulate them efficiently. In most of the cases, you need to use heavy weights. However, it is important to perform the movements correctly. You should do the motion with the right angle and the proper position of you arms, elbow and shoulders.

    Which are the best chest workouts?

    In my opinion, bench press and its variations (such as incline bench) if you do weight training. And push ups and its variations if you do bodyweight workouts. Of course, there are several others but these are the most powerful ones and recommended by fitness experts.

    Related: Find more info in our chest training category..

    Here is a video if you want to learn more about how this muscle group functions.

    Finally, here is some motivation to get bigger pecs. 🙂


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    James Wright

    James (36) has been working out since he was 15 years old. He has a home gym where he pumps iron, does bodyweight workouts and boxing. He likes sharing his experiences with others who want to build a better physique.

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