Grasp the bars so the palms are facing each other. Jump up to support yourself at straight arms length above the bars, your torso hanging down from your shoulders.

Bend your legs at 90-degree angles, cross your ankles, place your chin on your chest, and angle your torso forward, hips to the rear. Keeping your torso at an incline, slowly bend the arms and allow the body to sink as far down between the bars as possible. Without bouncing in the bottom position, slowly reverse the motion and return to the starting position.

Note: Vary the width of your grip to stress the pectorals from different angles. To increase resistance, hang a dumbbell or plate around your waist with a rope or belt loop.

Shaun Karp is a certified personal trainer in Vancouver. For further information call his office at 604-420-7800.