Chest Press with Thera-Band®
The chest press exercise mainly works the pectoralis major and minor, deltoids and triceps. By using Thera-Band® to perform a chest press, you are using the resistance of the band instead of weights. You can vary the resistance by adjusting your hand position on the band. To increase resistance, grasp the band closer to the center and to decrease, grasp it closer to the ends.
|Anatomical drawing of the pectoralis major muscles|
|Anatomical drawing of the human upper body musculature system highlighting the deltoid muscle in red.|
|Anatomical drawing of the tricpes muslces|
Begin by bringing the Thera-Band® around the back of your shoulders and secure it under your shoulder blades. Grab one end of the Thera-Band® in each hand. Sit up straight in the chair with your feet flat on the floor and shoulder width apart. Contract your abdominals for trunk stability. Bend your elbows and bring your hands up to shoulder level, with palms facing away from you. Exhale as you push the Thera-Band® straight out in front of you, taking care not to lock your elbows at the end of the motion. Inhale and bring the Thera-Band® back to starting position. Repeat this process 8-12 times for 3 sets.
|A man is seated demonstrating a start position for a Chest Press with Thera-Band® exercise|
|A man is seated demonstrating an end position for a Chest Press with Thera-Band® exercise|