Surely, we've all looked in the mirror and wanted to improve something about our upper bodies and this is where a good upper body workout routine comes into play. The trouble is that, there are so many confusing junk out there, how do you know what works?
My opinion is simple: go back to basics, which are bodyweight-based workouts, essentially where you use your body weight to train your muscles. These exercises are wonderful because they are simple (you don't need to find weights or head to a gym to use complicated machinery) and highly effective. You can also do them on the move since you are not restricted to only being able to perform them at the gym. For example, at work if you're feeling a little sluggish, you can go to a corner and do some push ups.
If you're saying things like that, you're talking about "spot-toning", essentially where you have a goal to only tone one specific area of the body. Now this is a bad goal to set for yourself.
Let me explain the reason for saying so. Usually, when you think you want to tighten one area of your body, it's because you want to remove the fat in that area. Now this cannot happen through spot-toning alone, meaning you cannot do arm exercises to tighten your arm.
Instead, what you need to do is to actually do some cardio exercises - exercises that increase your heart rate and make you perspire - to burn the overall fat in your body before your arms can look slimmer.
Your body is weird in the sense that it is not able to burn fat from one area alone. Instead, it burns fat from all over at an equal rate, which is why being active is very important. I constantly stress that the main issue with weight problems is the lack of activity - sitting at a desk too long, taking transport for short distanced trips and so on and so forth. By adopting a more active lifestyle where you make it a point to move more, like dancing at your desk every half an hour, you are burning more fat than someone who just sits at his desk all day then exercises when he gets off work. It's that powerful.
By being more active, your choice of upper body workout routine would be more effective and you would see results even sooner.
What if someone doesn't lower his or her overall fat levels? You would notice your stomach (or your target area that you want to tighten) become BIGGER and harder. This is because when you perform an exercise from your upper body workout routine designed to target a specific area and do that repeatedly, without working on decreasing your fat levels, the muscles in that area grow and become stronger.
However, since there is still that layer of fat present, the muscles push that layer of fat outward, making it look bigger and feel harder because it's now supported by a strong set of muscles underneath. This is a very common problem and I really hope you will not be another statistic after reading about my explanation why.
You would notice that in the samples I've provided below, they tend to consists of several exercises, but in different styles. What does this mean? Basically, there's a lot of push ups mentioned, but they are also executed differently. There is the forward crawl push up, the monster push up, side tap push up and so on. The same goes for the other exercises.
The reason for this is very simple: these are the best 5 upper body exercises you can do for yourself. The modifications are thrown in to give you some variety and flavor but essentially, push ups, pull ups and crunches are some of the best exercises you can do for your upper body workout routine.
As you go through some of the pages, you might notice that some of the exercises are confusing, and there is yet an illustrated diagram on how to perform each exercise. Fear not, I am working on them, for now, if you have any questions do let me know via my contact page or on my YouTube or Facebook channels (links on the right hand column).
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