The abs are like the frosting on a cake, they are nice to look at but really won't increase the size of your upper body much. They are what brings the entire upper body together.
No one wants to go the beach and after all his or her hard work have everyone be distracted from his or her great body by a fat gut. The key to great abs is a low body fat percentage. Most males will be able to see their abs at around 8% or below and females at around 15% or below. Unfortunatly for those of us who love food, visible ab's are made in the kitchen with low chalorie diets more so than in the gym with strength exercises.
The biceps are one of the smallest muscle groups in the entire body, yet when fully developed they look great and bring attention to your upper arms.
The biceps may not add much size to your body but if well developed, they can pull together a lacking physique and are necessary for any bodybuilder.
This may be surprising to many beginners but the triceps make up more of the upper arm then the biceps do. The triceps are important to develop because they make up 2/3 of the upper arm.
In addition, a well-developed pair of triceps will contribute greatly to chest development since the share many of the same exercises. Some exercises for the triceps are the narrow grip bench press, triceps extensions and tricep pull downs.
The Latissimus Dorsi
The lats are very important to back development and help give you that classic V shape. A large back will improve your entire upper body and make you look much more muscular. A great exercise that helps to develop the lats is pull-ups, Lat Pull downs and Seated Rows.
Developing the traps is important because they greatly contribute to your back and give you large muscular shoulders. Developing the traps also will thicken your neck and make you look much larger.
The traps will also contribute to the classic V shapethat everyone wants their upper body to have. Someexercises that will help to develop the traps are the military press and the standing barbell press.
The main muscle group of the chest is the pectorals.
A well-developed chest is very important because it will add major size to your inner upper body. In addition, the chest is a very visible part of the upper body.
An exercise that will help to develop the pectorals is the bench press; the bench press works the entire pectorals. Another exercise that will help develop the inner pectorals is the narrow grip bench press and when working with Selectorized Machines the butterfly's are an excellent chest work out.
The most important muscle group to adding size to your upper body is the deltoids. A well-developed pair of deltoids will create the illusion that your upper body is much larger that it really is. The deltoids also help give your upper body a V shape and will give the appearance of broad shoulders.
The deltoids contribute to both the front and back of the upper body and if they are not well developed your entire upper body will suffer. Some exercises that will help to develop the deltoids are dumbbell side lateralsand front dumbbell raises.
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