Sunday, April 10, 2011

Tone Up Your Moobs!

Firm Up Moobies w/ Chest Flies, Diet, Cardio, & More!
Yes You Can Tone Up Your Chest, Can't Help Out With The Teeth Though!
During my last couple months of working out I'm noticing gains and toning/definition in all areas except my chest area, i'm getting gains on the bench but as far as looks go im worried i may have too much estrogen conversion or a slight case of gyno going on, wondering if you had any tips to tone that area up, and/or tighten it down, i know diet and exercise is key, however i wanted to know foods to look out for or a targeting workout you might know of especially for that...thanks man look forward to hearing from ya.
A Toned Chest Is Tough But Achievable With Hard Work
Mike's Answer:
I hear ya loud and clear man, I have always genetically had a large and very strong chest no matter what type of training I've done. I can do bench press with barbie weights or just high repetition sets of pushups and I'll have a big powerful chest anyways. This can be a good thing if you are into powerlifting or bodybuilding, not quite as good if you want a flatter, more toned and defined chest. If you put on bodyfat, as I've done on and off over the past couple of years, your ripped chest will end up looking more like moobs than pecs. Unless you are on the Jersey Shore trying to pick up Snookies, or at a Creatine convention, not many people want to see that stuff.
Warning: Snookies Love Moobies
Unless you have hormonal imbalances, have taken steroids or pro-hormones in the past, or some other sort of medication or medical conditions, you are probably not suffering from gynecomastia, aka "gyno" aka man titties aka man boobs (moobies), there are plenty of names for them. It's a good thing I've never used any roids or I'd have a rack as big as Brooklyn Decker's! Chances are, you just have some extra bodyfat combined with muscle mass and you need to lose that bodyfat asap.

Man Titties: Piercing them doesn't make them look any better
Chest exercises are important to help tone up the area (keep the skin tight by causing muscle to protrude) but the man thing is to boost metabolism and burn fat to get rid of that fatty tissue. For this I would recommend speeding up your workouts, reducing rest between sets, and keeping the heart rate up. This will increase fat burning and turn your weight training workouts into more circuit training / cardio. You can also add in some cardio intervals of 1-3 minutes in between your weight training workouts to do that as well. 

Sure They Look Great on Brooklyn Decker, Just Not On You!
As for changing your chest workout to promote more toning and definition, I would do this:
-Train your shoulders (deltoids) first with heavy weights
-Do lighter weights and higher reps (15-20) for chest exercises
-Do more dummbell presses and less barbell presses
-Do more incline chest presses and flies and less flat or decline (to potentially stimulate more muscle fibers in the upper chest)
-Do plenty of high rep sets of pushups
-Add in boxing with a partner, heavy bag, dummy, or with resistance bands
-Add in elliptical with arms and real push and pull the arm attachments for repetitive low resistance chest contractions

We've Got A Bit of a Chest Situation Here
And as you mentioned, cardio and diet are crucial and can't be overlooked. 
On that note, I'm gonna go do some cardio haha.

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Michael J. Schiemer B.S. CPT
Owner of FRUGAL FITNESS Worldwide Wellness & Elite Cheapskate 
Owner & Personal Trainer of RESULTS Private Fitness Boston, MA
Author of The Frugal Diet, The Frugal Workout, & The Ultimate Fit Guides
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