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What is an effective exercise to target the lower chest muscles?

An effective exercise to target the lower area of the chest muscles is a stability ball push-up with two feet on the ball.  This exercise emphasizes the lower area of the chest muscles due to the feet being in an elevated position relative to the upper body.  Perform this exercise by followign the technique described below.  Begin in a push-up position with feet together on top of a stability ball and your hands on the floor, placed slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.  Maintain a straight line between your feet, hips and shoulders while drawing-in your belly button and squeezing your butt muscles.  With your back flat, slowly lower your body toward the floor, while lowering and contracting your shoulder blades together.  Push-up back to the starting position being careful not to jut your head forward.  Alternatively, if you are unable to perform this exercise, a decline dumbbell chest press exercise will exphasize the same area.

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