Happy Almost Weekend! This weekend’s workout focuses around one of my favorite styles when it comes to tops: strapless. I’ve always been a huge fan of strapless tops, from the flowy baby doll style to the skin tight 90’s tube tops. I don’t discriminate. What you need to rock a strapless look are some seriously toned shoulders and pecs. So today is all about chest and shoulders!
These two are by far my favorite body parts to work, although these days I’m more shoulders than chest. I used to be a rock star when it came to chest work, benching weight that impressed all the dudes the my gym. I was beyond proud of my super developed pectorals. I stopped working my chest around two years ago at the request of my surgeon before getting my breasts done. I have to say, it was one of the toughest sacrifices I made to get the boobs of my dreams. Eventually, after they fully healed I was able to start hitting chest again, but NOTHING like what I used to…and that makes me quite sad. These days I mostly get chest workouts in by doing the plyometrics I’m using in today’s workouts, plank variations and swimming. I may not be lifting like I used to, but at least I’m keeping the muscles conditioned as opposed to letting them atrophy over the implant.
I tend to find quite a few chicks hesitant to work their chest. I’ve had clients tell me they’re scared that working it will decrease their breast size. My answer to that is that it’s not chest work in particular you have to worry about if losing breast tissue is your fear–every type of exercise will do that. Breast tissue is made up of fat and as we exercise, fat decreases, including the fat on our breasts. Sad, but true. I will say, I’m always blown away when I see a chick with a well developed chest. It means that girl does not mess around! A toned chest on a lady is a testament to her strength and dedication in the weight room, it’s something I truly admire and something every fit chick should be proud of!
Enough with my chest ramblings, can you tell I miss a good thing?? I love a sexy, sculpted shoulder just as much. A toned shoulder gives the illusion of toned arms in entirety. As for that strapless top? Well, if you add this workout into your routine, you’ll be rocking the hottest, tightest strapless tops out there with serious pride!
As always, be sure to warm up for at least 10 minutes before doing the following workout. Before upper body work I like to warm up on the arm bike or vertical rope climber, but a brisk walk on the treadmill or a few minutes of jumping jacks works too! I will edit this post later tonight to link the exercises, if you don’t know some of the names search them on YouTube to check your form!
Circuit 1; Do each exercise for 15-18 reps. Repeat circuit 3x
Dumbell Arnold Press
Front/Lateral Fly Combo
Incline Push Up [hands on bench]
– 15 Burpees [with push up]
Rear Delt Cable Fly – 10-12 reps, slow and controlled
Cable Fly [chest] – 15 reps
Plank w/ Shoulder Tap – 1 Minute
– 15 Burpees [ with chest press ]
Dumbbell Chest Press – 12-15 reps
Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Side Plank – 30 seconds each side
– 15 Burpees [ with push up ]
This one is a bit long and those Burpees really get you! They’re in there for good reason though, they are SERIOUS calorie torchers! Have fun and sweat it out!