(The Best Years in Life)
If you're a child of the 80s, you may
recall a funky, butterfly-shaped piece of exercise equipment that women would
push together with their arms in hopes of getting bigger breasts. Although a
completely ridiculous idea, the hope that by targeting the chest with strength
training a person could somehow go up a cup size. If you can get big biceps with
weight lifting why not a big rack?
the breast consists of mainly fatty tissue while the biceps are muscles the same
tactic for increasing the size of one cannot be applied to the other. Pumping
iron causes muscles to either increase in size, strength, or endurance. It can
strengthen connective tissue like tendons but not fatty tissue.
wait,” you say, “there are muscles in the chest. I don't use them but I know
they're there.” That's true, the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor are the
largest muscles in the chest, and if you work out like a bodybuilder you can
increase their size significantly, though some people are genetically
predisposed to being able to build larger muscles. The rest get pec implant
surgery or take steroids. None of which will help a women get a larger bust,
unless she is willing to go under the knife.
it? When was the last time you saw a female bodybuilder sporting double DDs?
That just doesn't happen. But, bodybuilders and sports models also don't have
saggy chests either. It's still worth doing chest exercises to firm and tone.
There is no
better chest exercise than the pushup. It's free. It's effective. And it tones
up your arms too, giving the entire area around the shoulders an appealing look
you'll feel comfortable showing off. Doing pushups on your knees or with your
hands against a wall are a perfectly acceptable way to perform the exercise if
your chest muscles aren't particularly strong.
way to do a wall pushup is to get enough of a lean to challenge your muscles
without compromising your exercise form by arching your back or raising your
shoulders. You may have to adjust your feet a few times to get it right.
start by facing a wall and extend your arms straight, putting your palms flat
against the wall at mid-chest height. Walk your feet backwards and possibly
lower your palms until you are in a comfortable and slightly diagonal position.
To do the pushup, simply bend your elbows and bring your torso toward the wall
before pushing yourself back to the starting position. The arms should flair out
to the sides. Work up to three sets of 10 wall pushups, and then try knee
pushup on your knees still requires that your chest and arm muscles lift most of
your weight. If your muscles feel sore the next day, then this exercise was
perfect for you. If not, try going onto your toes.
To start, get
onto your hands and knees with your back flat and your palms shoulder-width
apart. Walk your knees back without losing the straight line of your spine. Bend
your elbows and lower your chest to the floor, and then push yourself back up.
Sometimes, thinking about squeezing your chest muscles on the upward motion can
help even though that isn't exactly what you're doing. Work up to three sets of
15 and aim for three chest workouts per week to see an improvement in muscle
solve all problems? Of course not. Essentially, if you have saggy man boobs cut
back on the calories, start a daily cardio routine, and do some pushups. If you
are a male or female and you like to go sleeveless from time to time, do pushups
consistently and work on your tan. If, however, you aren't happy with your cup
size, exercise isn't a direct fix. A complete diet and exercise program could
make you smaller all around, thus making your breasts seem bigger.
Sárka-Jonae Miller is a health and fitness expert. She began working in the
fitness industry in 2000 while pursuing a BS in journalism at Syracuse
University. She became certified as a personal fitness trainer and group
exercise instructor in 2003. She has also received training in massage therapy.
Sárka also writes fiction. She is the author of the chick lit novel,
Boyfriends. Get more health and wellness tips on Sárka's
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