Chest Workouts at Home: 9 Exercises For Chest Day

Updated in February 2024

Chest workouts at home can be done with exercises like diamond push-ups, incline or decline push-ups, and planks with a shoulder tap. A bench press can be done with your body weight or even using dumbbells or water bottles.

You can perform 3 to 4 sets of chest workouts, with 8 to 15 repetitions each and with intervals of 30 to 60 seconds of rest between each set. However, as with any other chest workouts, the type of exercise and reps that you set should always be adapted to your ability and health goals.

Furthermore, it is important to warm-up the chest prior to performing, with movements like mobility exercises, such as as bird-dog stretch, shoulder rolls and trunk rotations. This will help to increase joint range, improve physical performance and prevent injuries. Also be sure to check-out our chest workout that you can do at the gym.

List of at-home chest exercises

The main exercises to include in your chest workout at home are:

1. Diamond push-up

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The diamond push-up is a chest exercise that strengthens the pectoralis major muscles, as well as the shoulder, back and triceps muscles. 

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How to do it: Get in a high plank position, with your feet together and legs straight. Hold yourself up on your hands, with your hands on the ground below the chest. Allow your thumbs and index fingers to touch each other, forming a diamond.

Contract your abdomen, exhale and bend your elbows and lower yourself to the floor, being sure to keep them as close to your torso as possible. Inhale and lift your body from the floor, pushing off the floor and stretching your elbows. You can do 8 to 15 repetitions of this exercise, in 3 to 4 sets, with a rest interval of between 30 and 60 seconds between each set.

2. Incline push-up

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The incline push-up work a little more of the lower part of the pectoral muscle. It is an easier to execute than the traditional push-up, as it uses the help of a bench or chair to relieve the weight of the body on the arms. This exercise is a great type of push-up for beginners.

How to do it: Place both hands on a bench or chair and stretch your legs behind you, keeping your whole body straight. Then, bring your chest towards the bench or chair, until your elbows are at a 90º angle. Do 8 to 15 repetitions, with 3 to 4 sets.

3. Decline push-up

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The decline push-up is another great at-home chest workout that can help you to focus a little more on the upper region of the pectoral muscle.

How to do it: Place both feet on a chair or bench and position them shoulder-width apart. Contract your abs and glutes, and lower your chest and head toward the floor, bending at the elbows. Then push off the floor, straightening your elbows and returning to the starting position.

You can do 3 to 4 sets, with 5 to 15 repetitions each. During this exercise, you should maintain a straight posture without letting your back bend or your hips sag.

4. Isometric push-up

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The isometric push-up is a variation of the normal push-up that allows you to increase the time under tension in the pectoral muscle. This is a great option for promoting muscle growth.

How to do it: perform a normal push-up, but when lowering your chest to the floor, keep your elbows at a 90º angle and then hold the lowered position for 15 seconds. It is also important to keep your core contracted and to keep your body aligned.

You can do 3 to 4 repetitions of this exercise, with 45 to 60 seconds of rest. If you have difficulties, perform this push- from your knees.

5. Bench press

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A bench press is another exercise that can be included in your chest workout at home. It strengthens and defines the pectoral muscles, in addition to the deltoid, biceps and triceps brachii. The bench press can be done at home with dumbbells or water bottles.

How to do it: Lie on a flat bench or on the floor, with your feet firmly on the floor and your spine straight and neutral. Hold a dumbbell or water bottle in each hand, with your palms facing forward.

Inhale and slowly lower the dumbbells, or PET bottles, towards the middle of your chest, keeping your elbows and away from the body. Pause briefly, exhale and press gently upwards until the elbow is fully extended. You can do 2 to 4 sets, with 8 to 15 repetitions each.

6. Normal push-up

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The normal or traditional push-up is a good exercise for chest training at home, as it activates various regions of the chest effectively. Additionally, normal push-ups strengthen your shoulder and triceps muscles.

How to do it: Place both hands on the floor shoulder-width apart and then stretch your legs behind you to form a straight line from your shoulders to your feet. Bend your elbows and slowly lower yourself until your chest is close to the floor. Then raise your body, pushing from the floor, until you return to the starting position. You can do 3 to 4 sets, with 8 to 15 repetitions each, resting for 30 to 60 seconds between each repetition.

It is important to keep your core contracted throughout the exercise and to ensure that your back is always well aligned. People who find it more difficult to do the push-up with their legs straight can place their knees on the floor to lighten the load of the exercise.

7. Plank with shoulder tap

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A plank with a shoulder tap is a great exercise to do when training your chest. In addition to working your chest muscles, it also strengthens your abs, biceps and triceps. 

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How to do it: Get in a high plank position, with your legs stretched out behind you and hip-width apart, and your arms stretched out below you shoulder-width apart. With your head, shoulders, hips and knees aligned, lift one hand and tap the opposite shoulder. Repeat 10 to 20 times on each side, doing 3 to 4 sets and resting between 30 and 45 seconds between sets.

It is important to keep your abdomen contracted with your feet flat on the floor and to avoid moving your hips to the sides throughout the exercise.

8. Isolated push-up

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Isolated push-ups works one pectoral muscle at a time, causing greater tension on the muscle and thus promoting hypertrophy.

How to do it: place one hand close to the body, under the chest, and the other further away, so that the other arm is completely stretched. Stretch your legs behind you and lower your chest to the floor, holding most of your weight on the hand beneath your chest.

You can perform 10 repetitions on each side. Another easier option is to do the push-up from your knees.

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9. Explosive push-up

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Explosive push-ups, or plyometric push-ups, are an excellent exercise for chest training, as this movement activates the entire pectoral muscle and uses all your contraction force at once.

How to do it: Get into the push-up position, with your body in a straight line with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your hands shoulder-width apart. Quickly lower your chest towards the floor, bending your elbows.

When returning to the starting position, exert maximum force with your hands against the floor, to bring your body upwards in a jumping motion. Quickly clap your palms beneath you, then catch yourself gently with your hands to continue the exercise. You can do 8 to 15 repetitions, in 3 to 4 sets, with a rest of 45 to 60 seconds between sets.