Most women don’t train chest.
Because they believe that since they have boobs, that they really don’t need to develop any sort of muscle tone in that area. Also, women don’t want to walk around with huge pecs that resemble a mans chest. I know this because I used to be one of those women. And because I don’t have a large cup size, I thought adding muscle to that area would only make me appear less feminine. Man was I wrong!
To completely avoid chest training is a bad idea.
Let’s say you decide to forgo chest training entirely, but you still train your back, arms, core and legs. Such an off-balance training routine could end up developing muscular imbalances in your body. This could lead to bad posture, a stringy or bony looking chest, and inability to perform other exercises correctly. You might even seriously injure yourself one day trying to do an exercise that involves some chest muscles that can’t pull — or in this case, push — their own weight.
I’m not arguing for benching near your max every time you hit the gym. In fact, I prefer a chest workout that is tailored for females — basically it’s going to be closer to full-body training or using compound movements that hit the chest, shoulders and triceps.
Whether you want to be strong enough to move into your new apartment on your own, develop athletic skills for a specific sport, or sculpt a cover-model physique — your chest muscles will play a part in your training schedule.
In fact, if you’ve ever coveted beautiful, round shoulders on other women or kick-butt triceps, you might be surprised to find out that chest workouts really help develop those body parts! Often you can lift a lot more weight when doing chest exercises than when doing triceps or shoulder isolation moves alone.
Plus, there’s a bonus calorie burn! Since the chest is such a large muscle area, training it will burn more calories than training smaller muscle groups. Chest exercises lead to a better rate of burning fat! Now, how is that not convincing?
Today, I trained chest. My chest day workout looked like this:
4×10 Flat Bench Bench Press
4×12 Incline Bench Press
4×10 Incline Chest Flys w. Dropset everytime
4×12 Pec Dec
4×10 Cable Crossover 30 secs rest
If you’re ready to start strength training email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your own personalized program! 🙂