Powerful Upper Body Workouts to Build Strength
Strength training, especially of the upper body, has a place in every well-rounded fitness routine. Not only does it help you achieve a desired physique but it
Strength training, especially of the upper body, has a place in every well-rounded fitness routine. Not only does it help you achieve a desired physique but it also enhances so much of your everyday movement.
Think about how many tasks you perform in a day that rely on your upper body strength––lifting groceries, carrying a baby, reaching for an item in your kitchen cabinets or closet.
Your ability to execute these, and other necessary and life-giving activities depends on you taking the time to workout this area of your body.
Upper body strength training exercises, both with or without weights, target five major parts of the upper body: chest, shoulders, upper arm, lower arm, and the back, enhancing the following muscle groups:
- Pectoralis Major
- Pectoralis Minor
- the Rotator Cuff
- Latissium Dorsi
These muscles are responsible for everyday movements like pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, bending.
Weakness in these areas can negatively affect your ability to perform these movements but can also impact the efficiency of your workouts and your bodily health as a whole.
Benefits of Upper Body Workouts
Working the upper body not only tones the arms and helps you perform basic tasks, but it also offers other amazing benefits1:
- Improves your posture
- Increased strength of bones, muscles and connective tissues
- Boost metabolic rate
- Improves your flexibility, mobility and range of motion.
- Improves overall health
- Reduces your risk of injury
- Helps prevent and relieve upper back, neck and shoulder pain.
- Furthers your fitness goals.