Why? Because whether you realize it or not, you are constantly using every muscle in your body to do things like pick your kids up, put them in the car, take them out of the car, play with them, help them on the playground and the list goes on.
So if you want to make all that stuff a little easier, it’s a good idea to keep all of your muscles strong and ready to take on any “Dad Duty”.
To do that, we need to do various types of pushing exercises (think Bench Press, Military Press, Leg Press) but let’s not forget the “pulling” or “stretching and contracting” exercises like the Flat Dumbbell Fly.
This is one of the best, and my personal favorite exercises to build the chest because it really forces your chest muscles to do most of the work.
Here’s a Demo of the Flat Dumbbell Fly
As with any other exercise, varying the angle of the movement will put more stress on certain areas of the muscle.
Flat Bench: Will work more of the “center” of the chest
Incline Bench: Will work more of the “upper” chest
Decline Bench: Will work more of the “lower” chest
Whichever angle you choose, you will still work the target muscle (in the case of Dumbbell Flies that would be your chest muscle) and some ancillary muscles that are involved in the movement.
One of the ancillary muscles involved in Dumbbell Flies is the Shoulder Muscle.
So if you want to build up your chest and have some round muscular shoulders, Dumbbell Flies will help do both.