Building a sculpted upper body is on the list of every fitness enthusiast. Training with free weights and machines at the local gym is the most popular way of building a muscular body. However, one does not always need to hit the gym to tone the muscles found in the upper body.
Performing the right bodyweight exercises at the comfort of their homes is all one needs to stay fit and activate a host of upper body muscles. Yet, one should not completely ignore free weights as they are crucial for activating a slew of stabilisation muscles to avoid any muscle imbalances.
Nevertheless, the training programs without weights are still the regular workouts, meaning that one needs to perform proper warm-up before starting any program to flex the muscles and improve blood circulation. Moreover, ensure that you include enough variety in your training program so as to target the different regions of the upper body.
Let us not wait any longer and look closer at the five upper body workouts that you could perform at the comfort of your home.
The pull-up is a very effective upper body exercise that targets not only targets the shoulders but also tones the biceps, triceps and the muscles in the forearm region.
Step 1: Stand straight underneath a pull-up bar with your feet placed shoulder-width apart. Secure the bar with a medium grip such that the palms are facing away from the body. In the initial position, the arms must be in a fully extended position.
Step 2: Gradually raise your body until the chin is just above the bar. Keep the elbows close to the body while performing this motion.
Step 3: Pause for a second and return to the starting position. Do not let the feet touch the floor throughout the duration of the exercise.
Repeat the exercise for the recommended number of repetitions.
Important tip: Vary the position of the grip for added resistance and improved customisability.
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