This summer I’ll be taking a small vacation, destination undecided. While on vacation, I’ll be continuing to workout. At home, I’m lucky to have a workout room with the equipment needed for both my routines. The challenge while travelling will be working out without that equipment.
I’ll be taking my yoga mat and a set of 20 lb dumbbells to continue doing the decline chest press. It’s my favorite chest exercise, bar none. A great exercise for shaping and firming the chest muscles.
When I first started using free weights, I started with 5 lb dumbbells. It took a couple of years to work my way up to my current weights. Depending on the exercise, I use 8, 10 or 20 lb dumbbells.
For the decline chest press, I now do 3 sets of 20. That didn’t happen over night. I’ve personally found it to be one of the most effective exercises for the chest. At home, I’m able to use a bench, which won’t be possible on vacation. I don’t like workout gyms, so that’s not an option.
Instead I’ll be performing the same exercise on the floor in the bridge position – not quite as effective as on a bench in the decline position, but still effective. I did this exercise on last year’s vacation and it does work.
As always, I’ll be paying attention to form. I’m always careful when getting into position to mind my back and wrists. I once hurt my wrist by not paying attention to the position of my forearms while lifting the dumbbells into position. I couldn’t perform the chest press for about two weeks. I won’t make that mistake again.
When performing the decline chest press, be careful that both arms are performing in unison. You don’t want one side working harder or faster than the other. Easy to do if you’re not use to the exercise. I learned from experience.
If you don’t own a set of dumbbells and would like to try it anyway, I once read that you could use 2 identically weighted cans of what ever you have in your pantry. I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why not.