Favorite 5: Chest Exercises that Require NO machine

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a fantastic day. I just LOVE the feeling of being inspired. When I started blogging a few months ago, I thought I would run out of things to share and write about. However, the support I’ve been getting and the wonderful feedback I receive from doing this brings me more inspiration and the ideas just keep on flowing!!

I’ve discussed my favorite bodyweight exercises and my favorite machine-less leg exercises before, so I am now moving on to share my favorite chest exercises that require no machine. The reason why I keep sharing exercises that I enjoy without having the machine is pretty simple: I want you guys to grasp and understand that being fit is achievable outside the gym. You do not have to rely on big equipment and monthly payments to take care of your aesthetics. You can do it all from the comfort of your home. If I am not a good enough advocate of this for you, my forever fitspiration, Zuzka Light,  is another testament and you guys can check her out here.

Growing up, I thought I was pretty flat chested. I was very physically active (walked a lot and was part of my High School’s Dance Troupe)  but was also very skinny. I would be told occasionally that I was so skinny to the point that they thought I didn’t eat enough. However I have always been a foodie so I really did not understand it. I moved to Canada in 2008 and was only going to school. Since I lived in the country side, we had to ride the car almost anywhere we went. I stopped dancing and my sole hobby was sitting in front of the laptop whether to watch movies on Netflix, surf the net, or be on Facebook. Not to mention, our house was abundant with all the dangerously yummy treats like cookies, soda, ice cream, and cake. I gained about 20 pounds in a year and was the biggest I ever was. At this point in my life I was told I was fat–interestingly, by the same people who told me I was ‘too’ skinny. Either way, it did not feel good.

So where am I going with this? Well, turns out the added weight helped me gain some chest haha–but of course, it’s nothing compared to perky fit breasts that I confidently enjoy now. Whether you have small boobs or bigger breasts, working out your chest will help lift and firm up these wonderful babies. No one wants saggy boobies (just like no one wants a saggy butt!!)
Here are the chest exercises that greatly helped me appreciate the breasts I have:
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1. Incline Chest Press – I am choosing this over the regular Chest Press because this variation is more challenging. I love exercises that make me feel I am pushing myself because it motivates me to give my best at every rep. You can perform this on an inclined bench or a stability ball. This exercise is perform the exact same way you would do a chest press, except you are at an angle.
2. Lying Pullover – I was very tempted to place this as number one as I really enjoy this and I love how I can see my chest work when I perform this exercise. Once again, you can perform this on a workout bench or a stability ball.
3. Butterfly – This exercise looks as if it’s not difficult but once you really squeeze–and not to mention, have added weights on hand, this might just become a regular to your killer chest routine.
4. Close Grip Chest Press – I like to think of this as a cross between the Chest Press and the Chest Squeeze. Holding your bar/dumbbell in a close grip handle forces you to give extra effort and that’s always a plus to me.

5. Clapping Push-ups – I love doing this exercise as a burnout after weight lifting (doing it until failure), or in between exercises! If you choose to do this between exercises, I suggest doing 5-10 🙂

Side note: I posted a FREE 1 week’s worth of stability ball workouts on my previous posts and was requested to make videos on it. I shot the videos and here is the CHEST and Shoulders workout:

I hope you guys enjoyed my post! What Chest exercises do you love best from the list? And if I didn’t mention it, what chest exercise is in your killer chest routine? I’d love to know!

27 thoughts on “Favorite 5: Chest Exercises that Require NO machine

  1. Loved this blog, Katrina! Love how open and transparent you are about the comments about your body while growing up. You ARE an inspiration!

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  2. You look stunning, people and their talk about people’s body, anyways I have never had boobs problem, I don’t Even pay much attention.
    But I want them to forever remain firm, if that is possible😀 so I will be trying these out

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    1. Thank you, Funke! I don’t pay much attention to it now as well– but this is definitely something that crossed my mind as a 14 yr old flat boobed girl hahah. You are blessed with them curves, hun! 😉 We shall be the testament to forever firm breasts. Let me know how it works for you!

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