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What chest exercises are available for people who don't have access to a pull-up bar or a bench/barbell? Are there any specific exercises that stand out as extremely good?

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Dips and pushups. How about fly exercises with (improvised) dumbbells? –  The Chaz 2.0 Feb 16 '12 at 1:25
    
yeah do you have dumbbells ? –  Greg Feb 16 '12 at 13:19
    
@Greg Yes, I have several dumbbells ranging 8 - 50 lbs. –  Moses Feb 16 '12 at 16:07
    
@TheChaz Your comment would make a good answer. –  Dave Liepmann Feb 16 '12 at 16:52
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Pull-ups are a chest exercise? I assume you mean either pull-up bar dips or muscle-ups ON a pull-up bar. –  Joel Cornett Apr 1 '12 at 20:41

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I would recommend

  • dips (which can be done with various arrangements of common household furniture, or on a counter-top)
  • pushups, of which there are MANY kinds/varieties/ranges of motion
  • fly exercises with your (improvised) dumbbells.
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Wide Push-Ups; one of the best compound exercises available yet will isolate the width of the chest more so than a Close Push-Up. Combine both Wide/Close to target the majority of your chest.

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Look at this : http://scoobysworkshop.com/chest-exercises/#pushups

There is plenty of good chest exercise in their, only requirement is dumbell ;)

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I agree with what others have suggested. In addition, Pullovers are a great exercise for both the chest and back, done with dumbbells or a barbell. I regularly incorporate them into my chest training. There are several variations - flat bench/decline bench, and bent or straight arm.

Dumbbbell or Kettlebell Floor Presses are an oft-forgotten cousin of the much more popular bench press, and as the name suggests do not require a bench.

You could try flyes one-armed to test your stabilizing muscles and independently work both sides, personally I have found one-armed flyes to be very beneficial.

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