Chest Workout: 5 Exercises, 1 Dumbbell


Are you looking to get in a quick strength training session but only have a single dumbbell at your disposal?

We’ve crafted a power-packed chest workout that requires just one dumbbell but promises maximum gains.

Let’s dive into the simple routine that will leave your chest sculpted and strong, whether you’re at the gym, at home, or on your next holiday vacation!

1. Push-Ups: The Warm-Up

Before we grab the dumbbell, let’s start with the classic push-up. This bodyweight exercise engages your chest muscles, shoulders, and triceps. Remember to maintain a straight line from head to heels and keep your core engaged. 

Perform 3 Sets of 10 Reps.

push up

To modify this move, try band-assisted push-ups, incline push-ups, or knee push-ups.

2. Single Arm Dumbbell Flat Bench Press

Lay on a flat bench or a mat on the ground, holding the dumbbell in one hand. Press the weight upward, keeping your core engaged and your back flat against the bench. This exercise not only targets your chest but also activates stabilizing muscles. 

Perform 3 Sets of 8 Reps on Each Arm.

single arm press

3. Single Arm Dumbbell Low Flys

Next up, let’s isolate the chest with low flys. While standing, hold the dumbbell in one hand with a slight bend in your elbow. Holding the weight off to your side instead of in front of your body, lift it upward by contracting your chest muscle to your entire range of motion, then bring the dumbbell back to the starting position, slow and with control.

Perform 3 Sets of 8 Reps on Each Arm.

db flies

4. Dumbbell Pullover

Lie across the bench or on a mat on the ground in a glute bridge so that only your upper back and shoulders are supported. Hold the dumbbell with both hands overhead, arms slightly bent. Lower the weight behind your head and then bring it back up. This move engages the serratus anterior and chest.

Perform 3 Sets of 10 Reps.

db pull over

5. Dumbbell Squeeze Press

Hold the dumbbell with both hands directly over your chest when lying flat on the bench or a mat. As you press the weight up, squeeze the dumbbell together to engage your chest muscles even more.

Perform 3 Sets of 8 Reps.

db squeeze press

Pro Tip: Focus on the squeeze at the top of the movement to contract the muscle fully!

Optional Finisher: Tricep Dips 

To finish strong and burn out those upper body muscles, find a stable surface like a box or bench for bodyweight dips. Lean slightly forward to emphasize chest engagement. Lower and lift your body while squeezing your core to ensure proper form for maximum effectiveness and to really feel the burn!

Perform 3 Sets of 15 Reps.


Remember, proper form is key to preventing injuries and optimizing results.

Adjust the weight of your dumbbell according to your fitness level and gradually increase as you get stronger. Incorporate this routine into your chest day, and watch your chest strength increase with just one trusty dumbbell!

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