Our Fitness Editor Shares the 5 Best Alternative Chest Exercises for Building Bigger Pecs



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In England at least, gyms are back open, so some of you can stop relying on press-ups and floor presses to build your chest. Hurrah. But now you’re back in the gym, don’t just replace your tired old chest exercises with more tired old chest exercises, or, at the very least, learn a couple of new moves to keep your workouts fresh.

To help you out, our fitness editor, Andrew Tracey, has selected five alternative chest exercises to add to your chest-day arsenal and get your pecs seriously pumped. You’ll find the moves below. As with all workouts, technique is key, so check out the video above to see Tracey performing the moves as they were intended.

Before you hurry off to watch, just one word of warning. When it comes to your chest, smashing out fast reps is unlikely to deliver the muscle-building stimulus your chest requires. A study published in The Journal of Physiology found that slow, controlled lifts performed to fatigue resulted in greater rates of muscle growth than the same movement performed rapidly. So go slow, go steady, and go for huge pecs.



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5 of the Best (Alternative) Exercises for a Bigger Chest

We’re not advising you to ditch the bench press, and if you want an extensive guide to building your chest, we’ve put that together for you too, but here are five alternative exercises to add to your chest-day routine.

  • Dumbbell Squeeze Press
  • Incline Press to Fly
  • Banded Crossovers
  • Guillotine Press
  • Incline Dumbbell Press

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Trump calls Fauci a “disaster” but says it would be “a bigger bomb to fire him”

In a call with Trump campaign staff Monday, President Trump tore into the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert and coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying people have become tired of “Fauci and all these idiots” warning about the risks of COVID-19.

“People are tired of hearing Fauci and all these idiots, these people, these people that have gotten it wrong,” the president told his staff Monday during a call on the state-of-play of the race. “Fauci’s a nice guy. He’s been here for 500 years. He called every one of them wrong. And he’s like this wonderful guy, a wonderful sage, telling us how he said, ‘do not wear face masks’ — that’s a number of months ago.” 

Mr. Trump said if the White House had listened to Fauci, the U.S. would have “500,000 deaths.” 

The president went on to declare, “We saved 2.2 million people. If we didn’t do what we did, and close it and do just — now we’re opening it. But we’d never close it again. It would never close, it’ll never close again. Because we know the disease,” an apparent reference to his partial ban on travel to the U.S. from China early this year.

“But Fauci, if we listened to him, we’d have 700-, 800 thousand deaths right now,” the president said.

Since the pandemic began, more than 8 million Americans have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 219,000 have died.

At the beginning of the outbreak, Fauci recommended against routinely wearing masks, but that was in part because he was concerned there would be a shortage of surgical masks for healthcare workers. A month later, he reversed course after scientists were finding that people without symptoms were a significant source of spread, and masks, even homemade ones, could help stop transmission. 

“It became clear that cloth coverings — … and not necessarily a surgical mask or an N95 —cloth coverings, work. So, now there’s no longer a shortage of masks,” Fauci said in an interview with CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jonathan LaPook on “60 Minutes.” He added that “meta-analysis studies show that, contrary to what we thought, masks really do work in preventing infection.”

While Fauci has been consistently calling for the use of masks for months, the White House messaging on mask-wearing has been less consistent. Mr. Trump and White House officials do not always wear masks, even at crowded events like Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination, which Fauci has called a “super-spreader” event. He told LaPook that he’s not surprised the president contracted coronavirus given his participation at crowded events where few people wore masks. 

The president continued to go after Fauci Monday after the campaign call concluded and he apparently saw coverage of the call, slamming Fauci for not being great at — baseball.

“Dr.Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @60Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime

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Health Basics and the Bigger Picture

There are some basic fundamentals of health. One is to get the proper nutrients in the body. Another is to get the toxins that have accumulated out of the body. Nutrients feed the body, while toxins hinder and block the body from working properly.

Where do toxins come from? They come from foreign and chemical substances in the air, water, and soil. They come from chemicals in cleaning products. Toxins are all around us in the types of products that are used in modern day society. Even with the best of intentions, simply living life exposes people to toxins. An example of toxins is this. This writer was told a story by a person who visited a chicken factory where eggs were laid and who noticed that there were no flies. The person asked why? The answer was that bug spray was put in the chicken feed. The question is, do you want that in your breakfast eggs? Another example: look on the back of most tubes of toothpaste. There is a warning. So these are just a couple of examples of toxins in the food or in many of the products we use.

Not only are there toxins, there are also genetically modified foods, also called GMOs (genetically modified organisms). What does "genetically modified" mean? It means the genes have been modified to make the food more saleable … redder tomatoes with a longer shelf life, food that resists insects while growing, food that is more transportable to market. GMOs are a serious problem. They have been banned in Europe. However there is a new move by the purveyors of GMOs in conjunction with legislations to hide the truth about GMOs by preventing the labeling from indicating the truth.

To really get serious about health, it is necessary to become informed about topics such as organic produce and GMOs. It is necessary to learn where toxins come from and begin to eliminate them from the diet and life style. It is necessary to learn how to build the body up from the effects of poor diet and toxins.

Actually, the answer goes beyond the personal level. While it is important to deal with the issue at the personal level, and to improve your own health and that of your family, it is necessary to get more involved at the political level. It is necessary to be on top of what is happening in the political realm, to be able to give your voice to your Senators, Representatives, and other officials in other nations. Basically, the lobbyists and money powers will rule over the voice of the people unless people make their voices known.

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