If you want a strong upper body without a lot of bulk, do push-ups. With so many variations to choose from, you can target certain areas while improving your endurance. And if you do your push-ups between weighted exercises, you’ll keep your heart rate elevated and your upper body routine on the right road.

To target the upper portion of your chest, try incline push-ups.

Position a flat bench or step in front of you. Place your palms on the bench more than shoulder-width apart. Get into a push-up position with your legs extended, toes on the floor and heels facing up. Bend your elbows and lower your chest very close to the bench. Pause and push back up to the starting position with arms extended but not locked. Move right into the next repetition and try as many reps as you can without compromising your form. Remember to keep your neck in line with your spine and keep your abs tight to prevent your hips from dipping.

You’ll soon discover that the path to perfect pectorals is paved with push-ups.

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