How Do the Chest Muscles Work
The basic function of the chest muscles is
Hi, I am Brandy Monge for About.com. We are here at CrossFit Queens and I am going to show you how the chest muscles work.The chest muscles consist of two muscles: the pectoralis major and the pectoralis minor. The pectoralis major is fan shaped and is the visible chest muscle. The pectoralis major is attached to the clavicle (collar bone), the sternum (breast bone), and to a flat tendon located near the armpit area. The triangle shaped pectoralis minor is located under the pectoralis major.The chest muscles are used in the flexion and adduction of the shoulder as well as inward shoulder rotation. Since the basic function of the chest muscles is to pull the arm and shoulder in front of the body it is critical for many athletes to focus on this body part while working out. A strong chest helps a boxer to develop a big punch. It helps an American Football player who has to push away an opponent. And obviously it is important for power lifters to work on their chest strength.But even if you are not involved in any sports it is crucial to train your chest muscles in a regular fashion. A strong chest helps senior citizens to get back on their feet when they fall. It also makes it easier to push a car or to move your sofa. There are also aesthetic reasons why you should implement chest exercises in your work out routine. A well trained chest gives you an athletic look and can make your waist seem smaller from the side. Basic compound exercises like push ups, dips, and bench presses help built your pectoralis in the most efficient way.Thanks for watching. If you would like to learn more about working out, visit About.com .