Real Women Lift Weights
Even though strength training exercises for the chest are thought to be primarily for men, many chest exercises can benefit women, too. Your fear may be that you’ll bulk up too much when training your pectorals, but the key is to perform the exercises in moderation and with light weight. Making chest exercises part of your regular workout routine can help firm your chest and improve the appearance of sagging skin.
Lie flat on your back on an exercise bench and plant your feet securely on the ground. Hold a pair of dumbbells next to your shoulders with your palms facing forward. Press your lower back into the bench to stabilize your body. Begin by pressing the dumbbells up, fully extending your arms and bringing them together at the top. Hold for one count and contract your pectorals. Then, release and slowly lower the dumbbells back to their starting position. Exhale on the way up and inhale on the way down. Do two sets of eight to 10 repetitions. You can perform the bench press on a flat exercise bench, as well as on a decline or incline bench press.
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