Chest exercises aren't just for men. Women can benefit from a solid upper body routine, too. The workouts below can help improve your posture and build upper-body strength. Plus, it can help tone and shape your body, which gives you an extra boost of confidence.
Give these five workouts a try for a smoother, firmer bust:
Add this simple but effective exercise to your routine to kick things off. Push-ups are awesome for building upper-body strength and arm muscles.
Keep in mind that push-ups alone won't be enough to tone and strengthen your upper body. You'll also want to work in some weight resistance exercises to work other muscle groups.
Medicine Ball Throw
Medicine balls are a great tool for building upper body strength, and using them is easy. Pick up a ball and lift it over your head with both hands. Then, throw it straight down onto the floor as hard as possible. Repeat 20 times for a full set.
You'll see results in your shoulders, arms, and chest. Throw the ball as hard as you can for the most impact. The harder you throw, the more the exercise will work for you.
Standing Y Raise
Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart and holding a dumbbell in each hand. Hold the weights in front of you then raise them up into a Y position and bring them back down. Keep your core strong throughout the move and feel the movement in your shoulder blades. You can also do this move using TRX.
Rear Lateral Raise
Again, start with feet hip-width apart and a dumbbell in each hand. This time, bend your knees and fold your torso until you're almost parallel with the surface you're standing on. Starting with your arms in front of you, raise your arms out the sides. Hold at shoulder height, then lower. You should do this exercise in 30-second intervals with 15 seconds rest in between.
Bench Press On A Stability Ball
Lie with your back on the ball and feet flat on the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle. With a weight in each hand, hands facing forward, start from the armpit and slowly push the weight up and above the chest. Lower your arms back down. The bench press on a stability ball works out your chest, triceps, and core all at the same time.
Build Strength, Build Confidence
Including chest exercises in your routine can help you work out trouble spots and gain upper body strength. Add some variety to your weekly routine to keep things interest and focus on an area you may be neglecting. To learn more about building a personalized plan for your fitness, give me a call today.
Speaking of TRX, you can get a full-body slim-down with these seven go-to TRX moves. Download my free workout to get started.
*This post has been updated and republished for accuracy & freshness.
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