4 of the Best Chest Exercises with Dumbbells for Women Over 50 | Beginner-friendly!

The pectoralis major and minor, also referred to as the chest muscles, are a crucial muscle group for overall upper-body strength and posture. 

If you work on and strengthen your chest muscles, you can do better in other exercises and activities.

Dumbbells are a versatile piece of equipment that can help you build strength and muscle in your chest as well as other areas of your body. 

Whether you’re new to working out or have been doing it for a long time, chest exercises with a dumbbell can help you build stronger chest muscles.

Are chest exercises with dumbbells necessary?

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If you’re like most women over 50, you may be concerned about maintaining the tone and shape of your chest. (After all, who wants saggy breasts?)

But it’s no secret that time naturally takes its toll on our bodies. As we age, the shape of breasts can change and droop more than before due to a loss in elasticity or “sagging.”

This has always been something women were taught to accept, and thus, doing chest exercises may not be at the top of your list of priorities.

But believe it or not, targeting this area is crucial for maintaining a strong and fit physique as you get older. In fact, neglected chest muscles can lead to poor posture, which can eventually lead to all sorts of problems like back pain and spinal dysfunction.

Where are chest muscles?

chest exercises diagram

The image above is a diagram of all of the muscles that support the breast tissue.

This shows a front, back, and side angle to give you a reference to the muscles that you’re working on while doing these chest exercises.

And what you’ll notice is that you’re going to feel it also in your shoulders, your back, and your side and as you can see it’s all connected. Imagine all of these individual parts working together.

Well, it’s time we started paying closer attention because this is exactly what our workout will do—unite every muscle from the front, back, and side into an amazing workout for Women Over 50!

What are the best chest exercises with dumbbells?

This blog post will show you how to perform four simple chest exercises with dumbbells that you can do at home.

We’re not going to change the size of the bust or make them bigger (or smaller) but we’re going to work on firming them.

You can do each exercises for 45 seconds with a 15 seconds rest in between. But remember, this is your journey, so listen to your body and if you’re a beginner, do what’s comfortable and just work your way up.

Let’s get started!

Exercise 1 : Arms Out & In

Chest Exercises with Dumbbells

Squeeze the dumbbells between your palms and then exhale as you extend your elbows.

Push it in front of you, hold it, and then bring it back again.

Exercise 2 : Dumbbell Circles

Chest Exercises with Dumbbells

Bring your arms  out straight to shoulder height and start doing very small circles going inward. Just keep them  small and contract the muscles in your chest. Feel that squeeze, activate your arms and keep your core held in very tight too.

Exercise 3 : Lower Body

Chest Exercises with Dumbbells

To begin, think of your lower body as a tree trunk. So it’s solid and firm. We’re not going to move it. Hold your core in very tight and have your hips straight. 

Bring your elbows parallel to your shoulders  and we’re going to push forward and pull back.

Exercise 4: Upright Front Raises

chest exercises with dumbbells

Bring your palms out and your weight up to shoulder height. Squeeze at the top of the move and engage your chest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Dumbbells to use?

Choose a dumbbell weight that becomes heavy and a little bit challenging after 8-10 reps (if it is too easy for you, increase your weight – if it is too hard for you, decrease the weight). A good place to start is with one kilo dumbbell weights but you can increase the weight depending on what feels comfortable. You can buy dumbbells in my Amazon store.

Can I do these without dumbbells?

You can but dumbbells provide a more challenging workout and they also help to improve balance and coordination. If you don’t have dumbbells, you can use bottles of water or anything at all with a bit of weight to it.

How often should you do chest exercises?

You can do this workout up to three times a week on nonconsecutive days.

In Conclusion…

So there you have it – four of the best chest exercises using dumbbells. Give them a try and let me know how you do!

If you don’t want to do it alone, you can follow along with me and watch these workout videos on YouTube for more upper body exercises:

Don’t forget to do some stretches after doing the chest exercises:

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Schellea Fowler

Schellea Fowler

In over 140 countries, Schellea (Shelly) Fowler is the leading voice for women over 50 in lifestyle, fitness, and well-being. Her mission is to help women feel good about themselves and to make sure that women know how valuable they truly are. Schellea believes everyone has something unique and beautiful to offer and no one deserves to feel alone as they get older.

With over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, Schellea has redefined what it means to live your fullest, most vital life. As the CEO & Founder of Fabulous 50s, Schellea’s background is in Small businesses, fitness training, and conceptual creative design. She is a fitness and nutrition researcher and trainer, a stylist, a meditation teacher, a student of life, and a proud mother living life on her terms.

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Schellea Fowler

Schellea Fowler

In over 140 countries, Schellea (Shelly) Fowler is the leading voice for women over 50 in lifestyle, fitness, and well-being. Her mission is to help women feel good about themselves and to make sure that women know how valuable they truly are. Schellea believes everyone has something unique and beautiful to offer and no one deserves to feel alone as they get older.

With over 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, Schellea has redefined what it means to live your fullest, most vital life. As the CEO & Founder of Fabulous 50s, Schellea’s background is in Small businesses, fitness training, and conceptual creative design. She is a fitness and nutrition researcher and trainer, a stylist, a meditation teacher, a student of life, and a proud mother living life on her terms.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Sshellea,

    thank you for all your wisdom for the over 50’s!
    I love your positivity, all your exercises and advice.

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