Putting together the perfect body building workout for your upper body is essential. It is vital you understand your body and what you are capable of. And at the same time, you want to push yourself to new limits so you gain the desired muscle.
When working out your upper body, there are several muscles to consider. There is the shoulders, back, chest, biceps and triceps. There are several different workouts you can do for each muscle allowing you to switch up your routine from time to time. So let’s get right into it.
You never want to lift the same muscle two days in a row. A great way to split this up is by lifting your back and chest one day and then your biceps, triceps and shoulders the next. For your chest, you can do a flat bench press, incline bench press, decline bench press, flat bench dumbbell flyes, and much more. It is all about finding what suites you best.
As you begin to look at a body building workout for your back, it is important you pay close attention to form. The smallest slip-up can have you out for weeks with a back injury. Some back workouts to consider include bent over rowing, lat machine pull downs, dead lifts, shrugs and hyperextensions.
Moving on to your next day, you are ready to start lifting with your shoulders, biceps and triceps. For your shoulders, you want to do shrugs, a seated dumbbell press, side lateral raises and alternate front dumbbell raises.
As for your biceps, you can obviously do standing barbell curls, alternate dumbbell curls, incline dumbbell curls and preacher curls. A preacher curl involves you lifting a barbell on a preacher bench.
The last part of your upper body building workout is your triceps. For your triceps you can do standing cable press downs, triceps bench dips, overhead rope extensions and one arm dumbbell extensions.
For each of the exercises mentioned in this article, you want to make sure you fully understand how to do them first. Poor form will not only prevent you from building muscle, but it can lead to injury.
Lifetime fitness is a goal for everyone, and you can learn more here about the ways that bodyweight workouts can help you to achieve this, in our section dedicated to how to do BodyWeight Exercises.
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