Suspended Chest Press

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Suspended Chest Press

Instructions

Preparation

Grasp handles and step forward between suspension trainers. Position arms downward and slightly forward, nearly parallel with suspension straps. Lean forward, placing upper body weight onto handles with arms straight, while stepping back onto forefeet so body is leaning forward at desired angle. Straighten body so torso is in-line with legs.

Execution

Lower body by bending arms while keeping body straight. Allow handles to come apart slightly to keep in-line with elbows flaring out. Stop descent once mild stretch is felt through shoulders or chest. Push body up to original position, allowing handles to travel inward to keep in line with elbows converging until arms are fully extended. Repeat.

Comments

Arms and suspension straps should be perpendicular to body. Both upper and lower body must be kept straight throughout movement. Elbows largely remain behind hand's line of force. See side view. Angle of body affects difficulty of movement. See Gravity Vectors for greater understanding of body angle influences resistance.

Easier

Resistance is least when body is positioned upright, at top of exercise. Movement can also be made easier with staggered foot position by placing one foot slightly forward.

Harder

This movement can be made more challenging by positioning body more horizontal at lowest position. This can be achieved by placing feet further back and having handles positioned further down nearer ground and/or placing feet on elevated platform.

Classification

 Utility: Basic or Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Compound
 Force: Push

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