Summer Body Sculpting Series - Tone & Tighten
'Summer Sculpting' Part 1 of a 4 part series
finish a nice shapely body you need to look at overall symmetry.
Summer makes this even more obvious with everyone in shorts and
tank tops showing off their form. Keeping a balance in shape will
mean you have a balance in strength, this helps with injury prevention.
Many pains and sores are caused by muscle strength imbalances from
lack of proper training programs. By attending to a well planned
workout the results are positive twofold yet many women find themselves
bottom heavy with powerful legs and very week upper body. Not only
is this going to make you look even more bottom heavy but chances
are that your postural muscles are very weak.
The fear of becoming too muscular keeps many ladies away from any
type of upper body weight training but this will only cause you
to appear more pear shaped and put you in a position for possible
upper body issues such as neck pains, headaches and overall upper
Most women are naturally stronger in the legs vs the upper body
so they train the legs and in turn the thighs shape nicely but the
small amount of added size will make you appear to taper upward,
yet by working out the upper body and shoulders you will balance
the look and enhance a nice hourglass appearance.
Shoulder exercises help with posture which is even more beneficial
for those who are bustier. Shoulders can easily pull forward from
tight chest muscles. This is common in women of any bust size since
many will hunch naturally due to frontal development consciousness.
Women who start dance or gymnastics at an early age will have training
for posture and conditioning toward their sport but for the most
part, gals do not always sit up straight as they are growing through
As part of your weekly training you should target the shoulders
at least once per week.
I like to train shoulders alone or on arm day, on upper body day
or with leg day depending on the type of training I choose to do
A nice zone to train in is 2-3 sets of 15 with a moderate weight
which will allow you to finish 15 reps and not another rep.
Unless you have shoulder issues, the biggest exercise is the Overhead
Shoulder press done either with the machine, dumbbells, barbell
or bands. Many trainers like to get their clients to combine this
with a Ball Squat. Dumbbells can be held palm in or forward. Using
Dumbbells you can combine various angles and movements to this exercise
with circular overhead press movements.
Side Delt Raises or Lateral Shoulder Raises can be done with Dumbbells
or cables and is great to target the side of the shoulder. Bringing
this muscle out with some size will help lessen the effect of large
hips and helps to give the appearance of waist even on those 'A'
Rear Fly is also done with Dumbbells and will help finish the shoulder
but also enhance posture by strengthening an area usually weak.
These can be done reverse on the pec deck, using cables or bands.
Incorporate these with some additional rotator cuff exercises and
you will surely enjoy how you look this summer in your hot new tank