You don’t need to be reminded that man boobs, or “moobs,” can cause a battery of problems. Not so much physical, but emotional. But once you rid yourself of this excess bulk, you’re then faced with a less serious but still annoying problem – flabby skin. No need to worry, though. You can tighten this skin by doing some key exercises that involve the chest.
Anatomy of the chesticles
The muscles of the chest are known as the pectorals. More specifically, the pectoralis major and minor. Cumulatively, these muscles are responsible for moving the arms inward and forward.
You can get a good idea of how they work when you help push a car out of a ditch. Your goal to tighten the skin after your moobs have gone means that you’ll need to work these muscles.
You have an idea of how the “pecs” work. Now you just have to put this into practise. Although the major and minor are only two segments, you need to get a little crafty to ensure you thoroughly tighten your skin. You can do this by hitting your chest from multiple angles.
Incorporate exercises like incline presses, flat bench presses, and decline presses into your program. Incline presses focus more on the upper part of the chest, flat bench presses target the middle, bulkier part, and declines hit the lower area. Feel free to use dumbbells or a barbell with weight plates to achieve this mission.
One more thing about exercises before we move forward. You also want to hit the inner section of the chest. A finely developed chest will have a rippled line in this section. You can get this effect by doing flys with dumbbells, cables, or a machine.
With these exercises, your elbows stay in a locked position and you move the load inward. With all other chest exercises, your elbows bend.
Lifting light weights is not the goal here. You want to build gorgeous, sexy muscle where your moobs once lay. You won’t get much bang for your buck by hoisting wimpy weights. Aim for a resistance that takes effort. One that you can only lift for about 8 to 10 reps.
Be careful not to use bad form when you’re lifting. Nothing can stop you in your tracks faster or make you look more like a miscreant than using bad form! Push the weights up and in until your arms are fully extended and squeeze your pecs for a full second. Slowly lower the weights all the way back down and hold again for a second. Then do your next rep.
Never use momentum, never bounce the weights, and never bang them into each other. These are all rookie mistakes that’ll cause you to be laughed at even more than you might’ve been when you had moobs.
Obviously, it’s going to take some time to tighten your skin, just like it took some time to build up your moobs in the first place. Be patient and be disciplined with your workouts. A good goal to shoot for is to work your chest two or three times a week on nonconsecutive days.
Aim for 5 sets of 8 to 10 reps of each exercise and rest for a minute or less between sets. That should get you right where you need to be.