Arnold Schwarzenegger at his prime, in his Mr Olympia days had an impressive physique which he weighed 235 lbs with a whopping chest measurement of 57 inches. The ‘Austrian Oak’ had a chest that would even impress the judges in today’s modern day bodybuilding.
These are the 5 chest exercises that Arnold Schwarzenegger preached and lived by. He incorporated them into his workout which was responsible for his impeccable pectoral development.
1. Barbell Bench Press
The barbell bench press is undoubtedly a top favourite amongst Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chest exercise arsenal. He stated that the barbell bench press it is one of the most important chest exercise for building muscle size and strength.
The barbell bench press is regarded as one of the best compound chest exercise by most fitness experts.
2. Incline Barbell Bench Press
The incline barbell bench press is another exercise Arnold Schwarzenegger loved to do. You may have seen plenty of videos of him, Franco Columbu and the rest of the ‘Pumping Iron’ bodybuilders perform this exercise on Muscle Beach Venice.
3. Dumbbell Flyes
Arnold Schwarzenegger always mentioned the importance of feeling the stretch for chest development. As a result Arnold would generally finish his chest workout with some flyes.
To maximise the benefits of dumbbell flyes one should keep elbows in a fixed position through the entire movement. Once you feel a deep stretching sensation at the bottom, instantly bring the dumbbells back up and contract your chest.
The dumbbell flyes are used to work the inner pectoral muscles. This will develop the vertical line that appears across the the chest.
4. Cable Crossovers
The cable crossovers are a very similar exercise to the dumbbell flyes. The similarities between these two exercises lies within targeting the inner chest muscles.
Cables are excellent for isolating the pectorals muscles as there is less gravity to push against.
5. Dumbbell Pullovers
Arnold used superset pullovers with a big compound exercise. Arnold loved training opposing muscles such as working the chest and the back at the same time.
He would superset dumbbell pullovers for example and then go straight into a back exercise such as lat pull downs. Arnold believed in training opposing muscles to give the body a 3D look, in which he accomplished.