Okay, so maybe in a perfect world all we would have to do is eat right to look good. I mean, of course, there are things you can eat that may enhance your ability to gain muscle mass and loose weight. Such as, eat a lot of protein, and eat less junk etc. However, in order for your body to build muscle, you must physically DO something. This is when you will begin to see the results you are looking for.
There are a few upper body exercises that I hold dear to my heart. Mostly, because they are the only one’s that I have ever used consistently, as well as the only ones that I have had significant results from.
The standard upper body muscle groups that I like to work are my biceps, triceps, back, chest, traps, deltoids and shoulders. I have a large bone frame, broad shoulders, and the tendency to gain muscle quickly. So if I am not careful, I could end up looking like a man real quick like. The key to a toned body is the amount of reps, rather than the actual amount of weight you are lifting.
For example: I use 5 pound dumbbells for most of my arm exercises; sometimes 10 pounds, depending on which muscle group. 5 pounds doesn’t sound like very much, but when you pair it with 3 sets of 15 reps, or 4 sets of 12 reps, this can get a bit tiring. If you feel it burning, you know its working.
I am going to walk you through some of the standard upper body exercises that I like to use. I found most of these steps offline, because most of these are popular exercises. In my next blog I will show you my modified versions of some of these exercises; as well as some other upper body work outs that I created on my own.