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Beware: Olympic Bench (Chest)

When guys ask each other "how much can you bench?" they're referring to this classic bench press. While it targets all the main chest muscles, it's difficult to do properly, says Ramirez. "Because one arm is usually stronger than the other, there's a good chance you're not handling the bar equally on both sides, which puts you at risk for injury." One false move and it lands on your chest or neck.

Safer pick: Push-ups

Form is key. Keep your back straight (do not allow hips to sag) and make sure your fingers are pointed forward. Aim for 12 to 15 reps for two to three sets.

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