Ladies: Don’t skip your chest workouts

16 Jun

For all the time female competitors spend tightening up their glutes, carving out their abs and slimming down their thighs, it’s amazing how often these ladies neglect their chests! It seems that some women – particularly those with a smaller cup size – are a little hesitant to really work this area for fear that building muscle mass may take away from their natural assets.

For girls competing in bikini competitions, it is especially important to keep a bit of extra weight up top. After all, these events favor toned yet feminine figures, so you still want a few curves when you take the stage in that posing suit. That’s why the experts at Bodybuilding.com have taken the time to address some key concerns that aspiring competitors may have about giving this area a rigorous workout.

Anyone who has seen a professional bodybuilding competition may understandably have some concerns about what may happen to her chest if she ramps up her workout regimen. Will all of that tissue be replaced by rippling pectoral muscles? In a word: no.

“This myth gets perpetuated because female bodybuilders sometimes hit the stage with flat-looking chests that are far from what we normally deem feminine. It’s not the muscle that makes their breasts smaller; it’s the extreme diet,” the training resource states.

Basically, because breast tissue is essentially fat, competitors who fall below a healthy level of fat will notice a difference in this area. No matter how much time you spend doing bench presses or chest flies, as long as you keep your body fat at a healthy 10 to 13 percent, you should be able to develop muscle without sacrificing your feminine physique.

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