ive been going to the gym for about 8 months.. ive lost ALOT of weight but still i cant seem to lose it all of my chest. The main thing i do for chest is just bench press but it doesn seem to be doing much good, seems to give more bulk rather than tone if that makes sense, so i was just wondering what the best workout is to to tone the chest?
Thread: Best exercise to tone chest?
12-18-2008, 03:38 PM #1
Best exercise to tone chest?
12-18-2008, 03:45 PM #2
there are so many exercises out there. congrats on losing the weight btw. your problem is probably that you stick with one exercise. you need to keep the muscles guessing, otherwise they just get used to the same movement and wont grow or change.
since you want to tone, ide recommend doing some flyes or crossovers if you have access to cables.
also...if you do have cables...try this...come out like you are doing crossovers, except instead of having your arms extended, bring them in close at your sides. now press out and bring the handles together. this will target the inner portion of the chest and help bring out some striations
but try to bring in flye movements and to help shape you up, get some incline bench and decline bench for a well rounded chest
if you want to take a look at some of those chest exercises, check out the site in my signature and have a look around mens fitness---exerciseshttp://www.fitness-industries.com - fitness info, exercises, training and supplement articles
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12-18-2008, 03:52 PM #3
12-18-2008, 04:17 PM #4
If you want your muscles to show, then you need to (a) make the muscles bigger and (b) lose fat surrounding the muscles. The former is accomplished through bulking (eating a caloric excess) and the latter through cutting (eating a caloric deficity).
Read the stickies and educate yourself before trying to give people advice.
12-18-2008, 04:25 PM #5
12-18-2008, 04:59 PM #6
Yes - you have to lower body fat % for the muscles and everything to show.
But if you already have the mass and you want to shape/tone/define the muscles some more detailed work is needed just like the first guy said.
High repetition cable crossovers, work some incline bench to shape the top portion of the pec (for bulk go heavier doing 8-12 reps per set, for tone 15-20 is probably a good goal) and the same for decline.
12-18-2008, 05:19 PM #7
Cardio and diet. No exercise tones a muscle. Tone muscles only happen from A) Having the muscle built up through heavy lifting and B)Shedding the fat away through Cardio and Dieting.I had all the normal teenage fantasies..cars, girls, money, blow. Then my parents left for a week, and all my fantasies came true!
12-18-2008, 05:20 PM #8
Push-ups loads of them! alternatively like the post above me said, if you do a high volume workout for your chest which means loads of repetitions for each chest exercise, you will burn excess fat, so that your chest muscles stand out.
If you want to shape your chest, then different forms of flyes will help. And so will incline and decline presses.
12-21-2008, 09:52 AM #9
12-21-2008, 10:40 AM #10
I think this guy is trying to say, he's uncomfortable with his man boobs (or similarity) and wants to tighten up without increasing the overall size of his chest.
Personally, I have the same problem and I don't think I see the true answer in anything listed above, simply put, because I've tried all of the things listed with relatively no success. My chest is bigger from heavy lifting, and from 5 miles of cardio 2 or 3 times a week, I did lose a small amount of fat off my chest, but my family genes still have me at a disadvantage. My chest has always been 2 or 3x the size of my friends. I'm 6'1" and 190lbs and looking at my chest you'd think I can press 200+ but I can only put up 150.
There's fat on my chest and I do not know how to target it.
Same goes for my abdomen.
I do not think simple cardio is the answer.John - a newb.
12-21-2008, 10:45 AM #111/3/09 bench press 1rm 300#
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12-21-2008, 12:07 PM #12
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