Mondays are international chest day. Which means good luck finding a bench or bar at the gym. While men anxiously await their next chest day, I haven’t seen or spoken with too many women who even train chest. I have also been guilty from time to time to neglect this very important part of my body. As women, we often get caught up in building our booties or cutting our abs. BUT THIS MUST STOP!
Your chest muscles are integral to good posture and mitigating future back pain.
An added perk (pun intended) is that working your pectorals – the muscle under a woman’s breasts- will add a little extra perk to your breasts!
Your chest muscles are a big part of your every day activities. For instance holding that heavy bag of groceries or your child are just two out of hundreds of instances you use these important muscle. So while it may seem you are using your back and biceps, your chest is doing a lot of the heavy lifting. And let’s not forget, neglecting your chest will result in under used, tight muscle that could start pulling your shoulders forward. Forward leaning shoulders or hunching shoulders, also known as bad posture, is NOT a good look and can lead to “phantom” aches and pains that can put you on the injury bench and make daily chores hard to do.
So the next time you’re thinking about skipping chest day, DON’T! Feel free to throw a few chest exercises to the end of your leg day or create a new back and chest day! Dumb bell press and chest flies are a good place to start!