Upper Body Workout

I am not the kind of person that likes stereotypes, in fact, I often do my best to break them, and prove them untrue. However, someone once told me that “girls have a weak upper body in comparison to men,” and at least in my case, this one is hard to deny.

Many studies have been done looking at gender differences in strength and muscle fiber characteristics ie-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8477683 which showed that women had smaller muscle cross-sectional areas (CSA) in their biceps brachii, elbow flexors, vastus lateralis, and knee extensors. Data suggest that the greater strength of the men was due primarily to larger fibers. The greater gender difference in upper body strength can probably be attributed to the fact that women tend to have a lower proportion of their lean tissue distributed in the upper body. 

Well, we didn’t need a study to tell us that! Big booty, thighs and that “pooch” am I right?! But hey, that’s what makes women sexy!

However, as a former anatomy and physiology student, I know that these facts are accurate. However, it DOESN’T mean that we can’t make the muscle fibers that we do have in our upper bodies stronger! The more we work to tear these fibers, feed them with the proper nutrition, and build them back up, the stronger and more powerful we become! Watch out guys!

I put this workout together because I have noticed that many of my workouts are leg focused. Running, cycling, pilates, and all my plyometrics mostly focus on the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves!

Slow down there legs, we gotta balance this body out!

Give this upper body workout a try. It was challenging for me (I definitely have chicken arms)-but one of my goals this year is to make them slim, sexy and toned. I used 8lb dumbells, but I challenge you to go heavier! I know you can do it.

Always remember to focus on each rep individually.  Isolate each muscle group, and really try not to tense up or strain your back or neck. We don’t want any injuries.

Good luck my fit friends, and stay fabulous. Remember, you are only one workout away from a better you.

xox

jt

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