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MACHINE MONDAY: CYBEX EAGLE CHEST PRESS

  
  
  
  

MACHINE MONDAY: CYBEX EAGLE CHEST PRESS

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In the last Machine Monday blog, we discussed how the Eagle Abdominal machine helps work the abdominal muscle group as well as the oblique muscles which surround it. With this Machine Monday blog, we will look at the Eagle Chest Press. We will examine how the Eagle Chest Press can help strengthen the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids,triceps and biceps.

The unique component of the Cybex Eagle Chest Press machine lies in its use of dual axis technology. Dual axis allows users to perform the chest exercise using the traditional machine defined path or a user defined path. With the standard, machine defined path, the user works out their triceps, anterior deltoids and pectoral muscles. With the advanced motion seen in the user defined path, the user is able to work on the biceps, anterior deltoids and pectoral muscles.

Video presentation:

Want to see how to put these facts to work? Here are eight unique exercises you can try:

1. ALTERNATING, USER DEFINED CHEST PRESS: The user takes the press off its stops and alternates between the left and right arms; this focuses on exercising the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and the biceps.

2. ALTERNATING, MACHINE DEFINED CHEST PRESS: The user maintains the standard path of motion of the press and alternates focus between the left and right arms; this focuses on exercising the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and the triceps.

3. BILATERAL, USER DEFINED CHEST PRESS: The user pulls the press off its stops. Both arms press the handles simultaneously which works the biceps, anterior deltoids and pectoralis major.

4. BILATERAL, MACHINE DEFINED CHEST PRESS: The user employs both arms to push the handles forward. This exercise works the triceps, anterior deltoids and pectoralis major.

5. RECIPROCATING, USER DEFINED CHEST PRESS: Without allowing the selected weight stack to touch down, the user alternates the focus between the arms. This focuses on exercising the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and the biceps.

6. RECIPROCATING, MACHINE DEFINED CHEST PRESS: Without allowing the selected weight stack to touch down, the user alternates focus between arms. This focuses on exercising the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and the triceps.

7. UNILATERAL, USER DEFINED CHEST PRESS: Using one arm at a time, the user takes the press off the stops and pushes the handle. This exercise focuses on the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and the biceps.

8. UNILATERAL, MACHINE DEFINED CHEST PRESS: Using one arm at a time, the user follows the standard path of motion for the machine and pushes the handle. This exercise focuses on exercising the pectoralis major, anterior deltoids and the triceps.

It is important when training the muscles used by the Eagle Chest Press to also train the muscles’ antagonists. Failure to do so will likely result in a muscle imbalance and alter the mechanics of the joints involved. In the case of the chest press, the antagonists are the posterior deltoids and latissimus dorsi. To train these latter muscles, one should try the incline pull or the seated row.

As a note of caution, dual axis technology is more challenging than the standard path. As such, users should initially begin exercising on the dual axis mode of the Eagle Chest Press at a lower weight than they would in the standard path.

Next time you are looking for a new way to exercise your pectoral and deltoid muscles, you should definitely give the Eagle Chest Press a try. You can see these techniques further demonstrated on My Cybex Coach.

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Cybex is a provider and manufacturer of premium commercial fitness equipment. Content featured in the Cybex Fitness Blog is meant to inspire healthy living and wellness and should not be taken as medical advice. For medical advice please consult a doctor.

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