Alternate Dumbbell Flys
Alternate Dumbbell Flys Instruction
- Grab a pair of dumbbells and sit on a flat bench with the weight resting on your thighs, palms facing each other.
- Lay back on the bench and extend your arms (palms still facing each other), holding the dumbbells above you.
- Use your thighs to “bump” the weight up if necessary.
- Elbow are slightly bent at the top.
- Lower one of your arms in a slow, semicircular manner until it gets to nearly chest level. Keep the other arm in the same position above you.
- You should feel your chest musculature elongating during the descent.
- Don't lower the weight farther than your standard range-of motion or at/below your chest
- Return back to starting position, on the same path as the eccentric, as you squeeze your chest to initiate the concentric portion of the exercise.
- Keep the same semicircular path as you bring the DB up.
- Repeat the movement with the other arm.
- The arms should remain slightly bent throughout the movement. The arms are a lever between the chest and the dumbbell.
- Going too heavy on weight can ruin the stretch and defeat the purpose of the exercise.
- The focus of this exercise should be on the stretching and contraction of the chest musculature.
- Keep the non-working arm in a strong, stable shoulder position above you.