Chest Exercises

CrossFit Games Competitor Tito Raymond's Killer Chest Workout

Almost 50, he won’t allow hip-replacement surgery to stop him from competing in the 2017 CrossFit Games.

Tito Raymond Chest Workout
Duration 30 min
Exercises 5
Equipment Yes

The Right Track 

Raymond started lifting weights when he was 12 years old to train for athletics. It paid off as he attended Springfield College on a football and track and field scholarship where he was a decathlon all-star. After graduating in 1991, he started bodybuilding, going on to win three consecutive NPC Team Universe competitions (1999–2001).

Fueling Up 

Whether he’s pumping iron, running miles, or crushing WODs, Raymond’s diet stays consistent: Eggs, oatmeal, chicken, steak, brown rice, yams, and broccoli are his staples. “I do not consider this a diet,” he says. “This is the way I eat.”

Rebuilding 

After 30 years of pushing his body to its limits, the cartilage in Raymond’s right hip wore away to the point where it was bone on bone. He underwent a total hip replacement last August. “I got 47 years out of it,” he says of his old hip. Still, Raymond plans to compete in the 2017 CrossFit Games.

Posedown

After he hung up his posing trunks in 2003, Raymond continued to train and also added half-marathons into the mix. In 2010 he found his favorite training style—CrossFit. “I was always into functional training,” Raymond says. “If CrossFit were around 20 years ago I would have just done that [instead of bodybuilding].”

Tito's Chest Workout

Exercise 1

Barbell Bench Press You'll need: Bench, Barbell How to
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5 sets
6-10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 2

Incline Dumbbell Chest Press
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5 sets
8-10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 3

Incline Smith Machine Bench Press You'll need: Smith Machine How to
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4 sets
6-10 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 4

Dumbbell Flye You'll need: Dumbbells, Bench How to
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4 sets
15-20 reps
60 sec rest

Exercise 5

Machine Seated Chest Press
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4 sets
12-15 reps
60 sec rest
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