This exercise develops the entire chest and also works the triceps muscles and back muscles. It is a good linking exercise between a chest workout and a back workout.
STEP 1. Lie on a flat bench with your head supported and your feet either in contract with the floor or a raised platform. Hold a dumbbell with both hands, encircling it with your palms against the underside of the top set of plates. Raise the dumbbell up in front of your chest, with your elbows slightly bent.
STEP 2. Inhale and lower the dumbbell back past your head and back to the limit of your range of motion, keeping your elbows slightly bent at all times. Hold the stretch for a second before exhaling and returning the dumbbell back up to the starting position.
STEP 3. Repeat for the number of repetitions desired, maintaining correct posture.