Targeted Upper Body Workouts for Home, Office or Travel
by Joey Atlas, M.S. - Exercise Physiology

The most effective upper body workouts are the ones that can be done anywhere with no equipment. Being single with no kids may allow for wasted time in the gym doing fourteen sets per body part, but once in the real world of spouse, kids and career those gym days are over. The great news is this should be a welcome change because the old school bodybuilder, weights and machines type workout routines can do more damage in the long run as compared to a smart, properly structured upper body, body weight workout program.

Yes, weights and machines will always have their place in the fitness industry - but they are not the only way to achieve a strong, well toned upper body. The right selection of body weight workouts can produce a sufficient training stimulus to bring about desired changes, continuous progress and visible results. As health clubs and fitness centers are filled with and endless amount of workout machines and weight training equipment it is in their best interest to promote weight and machine type fitness programs. Naturally, members develop a dependency on these types of workouts because they do not learn any alternative training methods.

The problems with this scenario range from the 'more is better' syndrome to the 'I got out of my routine' excuse. To develop a strong, fit and defined upper body your workouts must be realistic for long term adherence and they must consist of exercises that can be done at home or in a hotel room. As a career personal trainer and fitness consultant I've had the opportunity to work with many people at various stages of life. The people who live with long term fitness success are the ones who adopt their upper body workouts so that they are 'portable' - meaning if they don't have a gym available to them - it's not going to prevent them from getting their upper body workout session in.

Upper body workouts consisting of body weight exercises produce an incredible amount of natural strength while providing gender specific improvements in muscular development. While women seek more of a toning and firming effect, men seek more of a lean muscle building effect with muscle group definition. A silly fitness myth exists that has people believing that a woman will develop muscles like a man if she follows the same type of upper body workout program. The exercise program does not dictate this result. Its the gender/genetic differences of the male and female DNA dictate the characteristics of the results that men and women derive from well rounded, and properly structured upper body workouts.

Yes, we occasionally see women who look like male bodybuilders or power-lifters - but these freakish looks can almost always be traced back to some method of pharmaceutical enhancement. For example, taking anabolic steroids to develop as much muscle mass as possible is one way for a woman to lose the fit and feminine look.

Whether you are male or female, the benefits of properly structured upper body workouts that do not rely on the confines of a gym or fitness center can give you all the results you could ever want, in a program that can easily be followed for life. After all, isn't that what true fitness is about?


Joey Atlas is the creator of Ultimate Upper Body - The Body Weight Workout Program.

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