Should Women Train Chest?
I’m not going to go on a big spiel and make you scroll to the end of the blog to find the answer you are looking for. I will answer it right now:
Q: Should Women train chest?
Now we are crystal clear on the fact that women should definitely be training chest, let us look at why. In doing so, we will dispel a few myths on the matter and highlight some of the extremely important reasons women should be incorporating chest exercises into their workouts.
5 Reasons Why Women Should Train Chest:
Reason 1: Chest Muscles a Major Muscle Group.
Myth 1: Training Chest is just for boys.
Chest. Pecs. Boobies. Chesticles. Breasticles. Whatever nickname you want to allocate them in the gym, the correct anatomical name of the chest muscles are ‘Pectoralis Major and Pectoralis Minor’. This remains true whether you are male or female. These ‘chest’ muscles form a major muscle group in the body. Therefore, should definitely be a prioritised component of your workout regime regardless of gender.
Reason 2: Rounded, more defined muscles
Myth 2: My boobs will get smaller and turn square.
If you read my international chest day blog then you will know that this was my initial attitude towards training chest. I mean, these two little mosquito bites on my chest barely pass as boobs sometimes. I definitely do not want them to get any smaller. or square for that matter.
What a silly thought process though hey! Especially given that training chest does exactly the opposite. If you are training a muscle, what usually happens to that muscle? It tends to get bigger.
Lets also not forget that adding muscle does not necessarily mean the reduction of other tissue. In fact, doing so in the chest area will result in lifting the tissue and pushing it forward. Which will give the illusion of bigger boobs. Think of it as a subtle, non-surgical breast augmentation.
So, training chest actually results in, surprise surprise, a bigger chest. A perkier chest. Not a smaller chest!
Reason 3: Overall Strength
Myth 3: Girls don’t need strong chest muscles.
Our chest muscles contribute towards the execution of many of our upper body movements. Everything that is a ‘push’ action will be triggered by our chest muscles. Think opening doors. Pushing a heavy pram. Increasing chest strength means that every day activities become a lot easier. Not looking like such a weakling when opening a heavy door is an added bonus. (Trafford Centre I’m looking at you for this one! Forever making me look so weak!)
Not only that, but other elements of our exercise routines will greatly benefit from chest workouts. Shoulders. Triceps. These muscles work during most compound chest exercises. Meaning they are getting worked at the same time. Which in turn means you will be able to lift heavier with those muscles too. Resulting in bigger gains.
Reason 4: Better Posture
Myth 4: There are no other benefits to training chest other than strength
This is one that very often gets overlooked/people don’t really pay too much attention to. But, if you begin to resemble the Hunchback of Notre Dame, I’m sure you would feel very differently. The problem is by this point, much of your training will then consist of correctional exercises. Remember folks, prevention is better than cure.
The postural element of training is of particular importance to those of us that spend all day sat working at a computer or driving a vehicle. These types of roles mean we spend the vast majority of the day slouched over with arms stretched out in front of us. This slouched over position causes tightening/shortening of the chest muscles and lengthening of the back muscles. This imbalance, if not corrected early enough, will cause immeasurable problems in future as it significantly effects the ability to function. It will not matter how strong or weak you are. If muscles are too short, tight, or weak then they cannot perform effectively. As mentioned above, our chest muscles have more involvement on our general day-to-day activities than we sometimes realise.
Reason 5: Better Breathing.
Myth 5: see myth 4.
Again, another overlooked benefit of chest training. It should come as no surprise that, if trained correctly, and as posture improves, it will cause the chest to lift and open up. Which allows for more efficient, easier functioning of our organs particularly, our lungs.
The pectoralis minor is active throughout every inhaling motion. Stretching to allow full expansion of the rib cage. Allowing for maximum oxygen intake for the lungs. If this muscle becomes shortened or weakened for any reason, this will have a direct effect on the efficiency of our lungs. Breathing may become shallow which in turn, effects every other bodily process and function.
So, that all being said. I think we can all agree that ‘chest day’ is not a day reserved only for our gym bro counterparts. Women should train chest and there are at least 5 reasons women should train chest listed above. Please feel free to share this information with any of our fellow gym girls. Remember, we rise by lifting others.
Want to know how to train chest?
In an upcoming post, I will be giving you some of my favorite chest day exercises (or booby days as I like to call them). So keep your eyes peeled for that. In the meantime, if you just cannot wait to get going, check out my Instagram or search the hashtag #TrainWithMissyT as there are a couple of chest workout videos on there that you are welcome to try. Please tag me in comment if you do give them a go to let me know how you find them.
Happy lifting, Angels.