Body Building: Getting started -5
*If you are among the bodybuilders who wish to achieve that striated look on
the chest, the cable crossover is a recommended workout. Cable crossover
adds definition to the pectoral muscle, especially the outer areas. This
exercise is recommended for muscle recovery while taking a break from heavy
*How to perform the cable crossover: with each hand, grasp the loop handle
attached to the high pulleys and stand between the machine with feet shoulder width
away from each other. Count to two as you slowly bring your hands downwards and towards each other and one as you go back to starting position.The proper posture requires that you lean a little forward from the waist.Keep that position through out the set.
*For improved flexibility and recovery, you should take on an exercise that
stretches the chest muscles. The dumbbell fly is a recommended workout for
shaping the pectoral muscles of the chest. This is not exactly a mass building
routine but is instead a great supplement to muscle definition with the stress it
places on body.
*How to perform the dumbbell fly: Hold a pair of equal weight dumbbells, lie
flat on a bench, slight ly bend your elbows and stretch your arms out to the
side. Grasp the dumbbells with your palms facing upward. Inhale as you pull
your arms together; exhale as you go back to starting position.
*Your arms are worked out as you perform chest and back exercises. Some
people are already content with this kind of gain. However, if you want more
developed arms, bear in mind that arm muscles are more than just biceps and
triceps. You should aim to train the muscles from your wrist up to the tips of
* Arm exercise is not exactly popular for its fat burning benefits. However, it is
a sought-after program because the arms are among the noticeable parts of a
person’s body. Well-defined arms are attractive on any gender as it gives the
impression of strength and confidence. For arms that are too flabby, it is best
to lose the flab first through cardio exercises.
*If you intend to tone your arms, work out your arm muscles at different angles.
By making full use of your arms’ strength, you maximize their mass gain
potential. Remember to observe correct posture and breathing techniques.
Anything less, especially attempts to assist the weight lifting efforts, decreases
* Barbell curl is a great bicep exercise as it works the whole biceps and also the
forearm. Bodybuilders favor this exercise as it builds the overall size of the
biceps. To do: with palms facing up and your hands shoulder width apart, grip
the barbell and slowly bring it to your chest.
* When doing the barbell curl, inhale as you pull the bar up to your chest and
exhale as you return to the starting position. Do not bend your back or you’ll
damage your spine. Do not lean forward either as it cuts the range of the
motion. Do not rush the set, speed is useless and doesn’t translate to faster
* Seated supinating dumbbell curl is a variation of the barbell curl, only that
dumbbells are used in place of the barbell. This position allows more bicep
contraction because of the absence of the momentum in the standing posit ion.
You have the option of doing both arms at the same time or alternating your
left and right.