Can’t Build a BIG CHEST with Bench Press? Just Do THIS!!

So you can’t build a big chest no matter how often or how much you bench press? In this video, I’m going to show you the biomechanical and scientific reason why this is the case for you and, more importantly, give you an exercise for your chest that will make it grow better than everything else you’ve tried.
The key to a bigger chest is making sure that you are activating the pecs and not your shoulders and triceps during your pressing. Some of the limitations of the bench press are known to be inhibiting the very activation that you are seeking. These are worsened by the fact that some people just aren’t genetically as predisposed to flourish with the bench press.
Let’s start by discussing the biomechanical limitations of this popular chest exercise. First, the range of motion. We know that horizontal adduction of the arm across the chest (at the shoulder joint) is one of the primary functions of the pec major / chest muscles. During the bench press, your arm only goes through about a total of 80 to 90 degrees of adduction. This comes from a negative fifteen degrees at the bottom of the bench press up to about 70 degrees or so at the top of the rep.
When people have a hard time building their chest they simply don’t get enough activation of the pecs to stimulate growth. This is worsened by the fact that they often substitute pec contraction for deltoid and triceps activation to move the bar.
The second thing to note is that the strength curve of the bench press is descending, meaning that as the bar moves away from the chest the exercise gets easier and tension is lost on the pecs. So when the shoulder is in its most adducted position, the corresponding tension on the pecs is at its lowest. This again does not bode well for the exercise in its capacity to add lots of mass to the chest.
Biologically speaking, certain individuals have lower proportions of fast twitch fibers in their chest, which only further decreases the responsiveness of the exercise to a heavily loaded exercise like the bench press. Don’t misunderstand, the bench is a formidable exercise for your chest in terms of its ability to be progressively overloaded and to create chest growth by simply applying more tension to the chest than other pec exercises. It just isn’t enough.
The length of ones arms can also be a negative when it comes to seeing chest gains during the bench press. Those with longer arms will have a harder time creating the leverage needed to lift heavy weights on the exercise and therefore tend to struggle more with letting the chest lean on the delts and triceps too much for assistance during the lift.
The answer to your problems is to incorporate the cable chest press with adduction as well. This powerful chest mass booster is one of the most underrated and effective exercises for building a bigger chest. The key to the success of this chest movement is the fact that it addresses all the primary weaknesses of the barbell bench press. Not only can you get much more adduction from the movement but the tension on the chest at the peak of adduction is far greater, leading to more overall stimulation during the exercise.
Additionally, the strength curve compliments that of the barbell bench press and allows for a much better stimulation of the chest over a greater portion of the range of motion. Using this along with the bench press performed heavy, is one of the best one-two combos you can use when you are trying to build a big chest.
Be sure to follow the tips for setting up this exercise correctly and how to perform it with proper form so as not to leave any of the potential gains on the table. I include setup instructions in the video as well.
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    • ATHLEAN-X™ I’m a 50 years of age. Should I work out if I still have residual muscle soreness from my work out 2 days ago? Is that normal to still have residual soreness ? A friend told me this is normal when you have a good workout. Thanks Rich.

      Richard LinaneRichard Linane19 gün önce
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      Αποστόλης ΚράτσαςΑποστόλης Κράτσας26 gün önce
    • Jeff. This is great. BUT, I don’t have access to one of those fancy cable machines in my garage! I have a bench, barbells, dumbells, dip/chin up bars and that’s about it. What can I do to really hit the adduction with decent weight with a good strength curve?? Anyone?..Thanks. Rick

      Rick WaitesRick Waites27 gün önce
    • Can I do your program with a bowflex?

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    • any advice for PT school?

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  • I needs to know exactly how something works before I do it. Jeff explains the science behind the process of building muscle. first class trainer ☝️I’m much more confident and prepared when working out. Learned some essential things before Beginning training. PS: My brothers shoulder hurt while lifting, Jeff’s videos explained why!

    DEX 1000DEX 1000Saatler önce
  • Thanks bro!!!

    Jason C. L.-MarineauJason C. L.-Marineau3 gün önce
  • No matter what exercises i do, i never feel anything in my pecs. It's all in the shoulders and arms

    Jason MyersJason Myers4 gün önce
    • try puffing your chest out, you might be hunching over too much / curving your thoracic spine. Try getting into thoracic extension before every workout/rep - roll your shoulders back, away, and down from your body. Also keep your elbows at a 45-degree angle for chest is great, if your elbows are too close to your body, that's when your triceps will take over and it becomes more arms. Hope this helps :)

      John NahleJohn Nahle2 gün önce
  • Realized that I look like Jesse next to guys who work out like Jeff :(

    Justin BohnerJustin Bohner6 gün önce
  • If I don't have access to a cable bench, can it be done with dumbbells?... Thanks

    Giants Freak1Giants Freak18 gün önce
  • I'm subscribing. The broscience in this is uncanny

    SchnellSchnell8 gün önce
  • im confused as to how you program this along side bench pressing? Same day and replace other chest excersizes with it? Do you do one set of each variation you showed?

    Rhett BlankenshipRhett Blankenship9 gün önce
  • Can we get a video with this using bands I think everyone doing home work outs now Thanks again doing you ax 2 for the second time now 💪🏾

    Jay GriffsJay Griffs9 gün önce
  • Can’t Build a BIG CHEST

    Động Vật Đó ĐâyĐộng Vật Đó Đây10 gün önce
  • Ive Been working out for about 1,5 and i swear my arms shoulders legs back progress is Insane but m fuckin chest wont grow

    Grape SurgeonGrape Surgeon13 gün önce
  • Jeff, exactly right.

    Fastt EdFastt Ed13 gün önce
  • Jeff: i just turned 61 and decided to make a (masters) track and field comeback (i was a decathlete in high school, 2 colleges, and the North Miami Track Club in late 70s early 80s). I've limited myself to training for my 4 favorite decathlon events: 110 meter high hurdles (or the indoor 60 meter high hurdles), Quarter mile, discus and javelin throws. I've downloaded, studied and incorporated dozens of your videos into my training and they have helped a lot. I've been curious about something you said in one of those videos. you recommended us to drink apple cider vinegar in the morning no more than 30 minutes after waking up. Why do you say it has to be within 30 minutes. Thanks, Dave

    David AbraxasDavid Abraxas14 gün önce
  • A bigger bench equals a bigger chest

    Coath Jason Bluph Blaph Bleap Blahp's #1fanCoath Jason Bluph Blaph Bleap Blahp's #1fan14 gün önce
  • Long armed Jesse's hahaha that was awesome

    John BeeJohn Bee16 gün önce
  • This guy chats so much shite

    Ajuuca KadafiAjuuca Kadafi16 gün önce
  • Why do I feel the contraction more in my armpit vs my chest?

    incog cheetoincog cheeto16 gün önce
  • People who disliked this video is people whom doing this exercise for long and just realised it was wrong all the time

    Bramantyo PamungkasBramantyo Pamungkas17 gün önce
  • It is 2020 and Jeff have Officially Copyrighted the FacePull© & became the Pope of Gains.

    Kaegan ThornhillKaegan Thornhill18 gün önce
  • Me,"like this Jeff?" Jeff "Here's 10 things you did wrong"

    Eddie AshEddie Ash18 gün önce
  • Which is why I add chains to the bar for my bench presses. The initial thrust is the hardest. Agreed. Then the chains which are resting mostly on the floor then engages as the bar is lifted further away from the chest. Requiring more strength to lift the bar, weights and now chains. Not to say that what Jeff is saying here isn’t beneficial, but if you love bench presses (as he admitted) then add the chains to the bar and see the difference.

    Scott MackeyScott Mackey19 gün önce
  • I am Marv Albert!!! I shall BITE YOU!!!! Ha ha ha haaaaa!!!

    mercoidmercoid20 gün önce
  • Bruh cable press? my gym barely has two benches let alone a damn cable press machine

    theGUYtheGUY20 gün önce
  • Is there any variation to this cuz damn the gym i go to doesnt have this kind of machine

    Ryan AvelinoRyan Avelino20 gün önce
  • When the nanotech in Jeff's shirt senses a lift about to happen so it naturally disappears. Good job Ironman.

    firefight77firefight7721 gün önce
  • This incline cable press and rocking tricep pulldown (previous video) gave me an idea. Yesterday I did a rocking cable chest press in which the concentric part of the exercise was done stepped in and The Eccentric part of the exercise was done stepping forward as to increase the tension throughout movement. Pretty cool stuff...

    Kirk GreerKirk Greer22 gün önce
  • My elbows don't lock out even without weight or resistance. They have been this way my entire life. I'm finding it hard to get into higher reps on any type of press, be it bench, OHP, incline, etc.. I feel that it's due to the constant tension on my Triceps, never getting that microsecond of rest. The good news is that my Triceps are massive. Any advice?

    Pablo WilkanoPablo Wilkano22 gün önce
  • Those intro's keep getting better

    RenatoRenato22 gün önce
  • Doing this at the gym at this very moment, my chest is dying and I love it 🙌

    Youri appelmanYouri appelman22 gün önce
  • Only because I’m new to weightlifting and can’t yet comprehend the advanced level of Jeff’s explanations, this is what I hear: “The crux of my venereal infection can be summed up hitherto for, six, eight, who do we appreciate.” (bonus points for where I stole this from!)

    tomgio1tomgio122 gün önce
  • Wait , how did he lose the shirt when he was showing the pro tip 🤔

    sergio lozasergio loza23 gün önce
  • Jeff!!! I have long arms and they make bench press and pull ups hell for me! Glad you confirmed this

    zeolingazeolinga23 gün önce
  • @7:48 did you guys see that? Jeff's shirt disappeared! It's like his shirts have a mind of their own and they know when they need to come off

    mickey_m20mickey_m2023 gün önce
  • I mean no offense what so ever but you look like an extremely fit white Obama! Thanks for the videos!

    forsherartforsherart23 gün önce
  • This guy looks like chandler and Joey from friends combined

    Sheriff BrodySheriff Brody23 gün önce
  • Hello Jeff. I was watched your channel a long time. Can you do some videos about bench press, squat for ectomorph? My body is a ectomorph type with long arms. And i cant find any guide in google about this. Thank you very much. You are good at in your job.

    Game Online HayGame Online Hay23 gün önce
  • What if you don't have a cable machine?

    braikkabraikka23 gün önce
  • In my gym I don't have those pulleys, only the traditional ones, it works the same? Can you work standing up too? Thanks for the information, you’re the best

    Andrew DalAndrew Dal23 gün önce
  • Jeff what is your opinion on jawzersize? It’s a new product that you bite on to workout your face I guess.

    Jacob OakleyJacob Oakley24 gün önce
  • Yeah great

    Jonas PaterJonas Pater24 gün önce
  • I am 30 years old now but i started fitness 2020. Will try my best. Good luck everyone.

    ROMA LUKROMA LUK24 gün önce
  • Me : put on clothes Jeff : putting on clothes are killing your gains Me : tells that to girls Girls : slaps me Me : no pain no gain

    jordan kwekjordan kwek24 gün önce
  • You need to figure out how to add some weight to your face.

    Nathaniel FrankfordNathaniel Frankford25 gün önce
  • Jeff's a genius, best stuff on youtube hands down. Thank you Jeff for your valuable coaching.

    cybrscotcybrscot25 gün önce
  • Can this be done as flat bench aswell or is it just for incline

    Virgil TheSharpshooter AtusoVirgil TheSharpshooter Atuso25 gün önce
  • Great video

    grantgrant25 gün önce
  • I have walked past many bench press machines in gyms and sadly my genetics don't allow me to get instantly DIESEL chested just strolling thru 😂

    Matsuwd-Emeth Da'athMatsuwd-Emeth Da'ath26 gün önce
  • Everyone in the gym looked at me like an idiot while doing this, when I get bigger gains they're going to look like idiots. Thanks Jeff

    davidsalinas9davidsalinas926 gün önce
  • Jeff is the best. Every freakin’n vid I learn something substantially new!

    Phil FalsettiPhil Falsetti26 gün önce
  • I don't have access to a cable machine, any alternatives by chance?

    Abrahm WardAbrahm Ward26 gün önce
  • Short

    Michael WinklerMichael Winkler27 gün önce
  • 3:02 Davie504??

    Flex MediaFlex Media27 gün önce
  • Imagine Jeff having a Scott Herman accent..... Thumbs up if you think Jeff needs to work on his Scott Herman accent.

    bladerunner900bladerunner90027 gün önce
  • Nice Riker manoeuvre at 7:18

    Paul CarsonPaul Carson27 gün önce
  • Jeff. This is great. BUT, I don’t have access to one of those fancy cable machines in my garage! I have a bench, barbells, dumbells, dip/chin up bars and that’s about it. What can I do to really hit the adduction with decent weight with a good strength curve?? Thanks. Rick

    Rick WaitesRick Waites27 gün önce
  • What machine is being used here Id like to get one.

    Bobman PBobman P27 gün önce
  • Me:Putting my shoes on to go to the gym Jeff: Stop your doing it wrong

    khalifa_kk808khalifa_kk80827 gün önce
  • The production value with the graphics is great! Love the good work guys

    Alex BryanAlex Bryan28 gün önce
  • Hey, I have a question concerning my chest development. I (male, 19y/o) am 170cm (5"7) tall and weigh around 62kg (137lbs). My body fat is rather low and although it hasn't changed for the past months, my breasts start looking saggy in the profile/side view the more I work out my chest. Am I missing out on something important when it comes to the workout? I'd be glad if someone could give me an advice. Thanks in advance :D

    RafinatorLpRafinatorLp28 gün önce
    • Try working out the upper and lower pecs

      ixaixa21 gün önce
  • With light weight it can be perfect for warming-up.

    NagaStarNagaStar28 gün önce
  • please lose the bearded idiot...He isn't funny and it makes the video unwatchable....Love ya Jeff, keep preaching but ALONE

    Gatlinburg HusseyGatlinburg Hussey29 gün önce
  • What if my goal isnt to build muscle but to up my maximum 1 rep bench press?

    Gr3nadgr3goryGr3nadgr3gory29 gün önce
  • How do i get my longhead abd short head balanced

    Luke LindenthalLuke Lindenthal29 gün önce
  • Man I'm just starting my TRvision channel and I asked a few people who they liked and they said you. Now I know why, your content is highly informational but also visually stimulating and not overwhelming. You leave the viewer satisfied with your presence but its never overbearing. Well put together stuff Jeff. I watched you back in the day but you've definitely leveled up since then. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Protein and PineapplesProtein and Pineapples29 gün önce
  • I thank u so much Jeff, all your videos. Informative as they are have helped so much. Your vids have helped me with injury, muscle gain, flexibility and fat loss. As we get older mobility is so important and your vids have helped so much. Upon watching this video it is by far the best and most effective chest exercise I've did and is very easy on the shoulder 😎

    Paul bradyPaul brady29 gün önce
  • i love how he shows you how to get situated for this exercise cause i know i was going to look stupid

    Gerald SkywlkrGerald Skywlkr29 gün önce
  • This explains so much. Thank you Jeff.

    elr456elr45629 gün önce
  • Loved the funny parts! 😂

    Marcus GrayMarcus GrayAylar önce
  • People staring at me when I practice Jeff's moves... I guess the moves look weird for most people. But hey, when Jeff says "STOP you're doing it wrong", you gotta adapt

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  • Me: Going to the gym. Jeff: *STOP* you're doing it wrong.

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Can’t Build a BIG CHEST with Bench Press? Just Do THIS!!