The Ultimate List of 39+ Chest Building Exercises

Many people simply default to common chest exercises like the bench press, but it can be highly beneficial to do a variety of chest exercises to gain true functional strength. Check out this list and start incorporating these into your routine.

The chest- it’s one of the primary parts of the human body. Essential for form and overall strength, the chest serves a critical purpose in your ongoing fitness journey.

In this post, we’ve compiled a complete list of chest building exercises.

Whether you’re looking for compound chest exercises, body-weight chest exercises, isolation exercises, or chest exercises with dumbbells – this list has it all!

Some of these chest-building exercises will build muscle bigger, faster, and stronger – like most compound exercises.

Other workouts will help you target muscle deficiencies or focus on your chest muscles if you’ve incurred injuries elsewhere – like the isolation exercises.

Each chest exercise is linked to a how-to YouTube video to help you master the movement and form.

Let’s dive in!

Chest Building Exercises | Compound | Isolation | Bodyweight

Compound Chest Exercises

Isolation Chest Exercises

Body-Weight Chest Exercises

Chest Exercises with Dumbbells

For convenient reference, we created a list just for dumbbell chest exercises.

  • Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Decline Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Dumbbell Pullovers
  • Dumbbell Flyes
  • Decline Dumbbell Flyes
  • Incline Dumbbell Flyes
  • Single-Arm Dumbbell Bench Press

How to Use This List of Chest Exercises

Gym-goers should start with the chest compound exercises list. These will comprise the foundation of your chest workout. Pick 3-4 compound chest exercises for your chest-focused workout.

Give them all a try and see which ones you’re most comfortable with. Some exercises just won’t resonate with you—and that’s fine! It’s up to you to pick and choose and discover which work for you and which don’t.

Part of the reason we created this exhaustive list is so you can pick and choose what you like.

Next, choose 1-2 isolation chest exercises. You don’t need to include these in every workout, but they’re great for overcoming plateaus, muscle imbalances, and recovering from injuries.

And if you only have access to dumbbells, use the convenient list of dumbbell exercises above.

If you don’t have access to a gym or any weights, build your workout with the bodyweight chest exercises. Most of these are compound movements, engaging most of your upper body. They’re a great alternative for those times when you want to (or need to) go equipment-free.

The Best Chest Exercises According to Gym Experts

Although you can do plenty of different exercises to work your chest, a select few are worth the title of the “best chest exercises.” We think these include the following:

  • Barbell Bench Press
  • Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Weighted Dips

The incline and neutral barbell and dumbbell bench press are the best compound chest exercises.

These exercises put maximum strain on your pec muscles and engage your arms and core as well, and get you outstanding results, fast.

So, what are you waiting for? Use this list to find the exercises you enjoy the most!

Get to work and start building the chest of your dreams.

TFT Team

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Many people simply default to common chest exercises like the bench press, but it can be highly beneficial to do a variety of chest exercises to gain true functional strength. Check out this list and start incorporating these into your routine.