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How To Get That Perky Feel Back

Here is a story for you...

Once upon a time, I had nice perky breasts, then came my beautiful babies, and with them, my body changed in ways I can’t even begin to describe. I had these enormous breasts full of milk, where my once youthful and perky ones were.  I was happy for the exchange because breastfeeding was something I wanted to experience with all my children (although I won’t lie, I dreaded it. I always felt as though, I was suffocating my babies, but that’s a whole different topic). A couple of months later sadly, the milk stopped coming in and again all of a sudden just as quickly as those breasts grew, they shrunk and got replaced with ones I could hardly recognize!  How many of you can relate?

Well, it’s time we change all that!

So what did I do? I started working out my upper body more!

Before we get into the workouts, I must share that exercising will NOT lift your breasts. This is mainly because working out will only attack your muscles and not your skin. However, these five workouts if done correctly and consistently will strengthen and tone your chest muscles, which will not only help your posture but also give you that perkier feel/look.  

I've been doing these upper body exercises and have stated seeing results so I want to share with you my 5 favorite workouts:

1.    Push-Ups

Typically, as women, our upper body has less strength compared to our lower body. It’s weird though because as mothers, we are always carrying our babies around, so you would think those muscles would naturally kick in. Anyway, take it from a mama that worked her butt off to learn a push-up, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.  

 

Regardless of whether you are doing push-ups on all fours or if you are kneeling, you will still get the same effect as long as your position is correct. Make sure your palms are slightly wider than your shoulders. Focus on keeping your body in a straight line and using your core to push yourself back up.  Push-ups are the best workouts to give us that perky look, plus they help your shoulders look pretty good too.

If this is too hard, try a wall push up undefinedand if too easy, try a regular push up.

Check out how to do a knee push up here.

2.    Dumbbell Chest Fly

Your arms will feel like they are actually flying, and in the process, your chest is being squeezed. Hello. Perky boobs! These babies hurt like crazy though, so I’d start with a lower set of weights or move one arm at a time.

Check out how to do a dumbbell chest fly here.

 3.    Stability Ball Chest Press

Okay, so I’m a sucker for mixing stability and strength workouts. The combination makes me happy because I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds (yes, I know I’m a total fitness geek). By doing your chest press on a stability ball, you are not only working your chest muscles but also your shoulders, and triceps, plus you’re engaging your core and glutes. Therefore, it’s the perfect full-body workout!

Check out how to do a stability ball chest press here.  

4.    Elbow Squeeze Shoulder Press

Another great chest squeezing workout! The elbow squeeze shoulder press targets your chest and shoulder muscles, and it helps tone your back while improving your posture. I love it!

One key thing to remember is that you also squeeze your abs and glutes to keep your body firm as you press the weight. Try to go as heavy as possible with your weights without losing stability.

Check out how to do an elbow squeeze shoulder press here.  

5.    Dumbbell Pullover

Last but not least, we have the dumbbell pullover! This workout will help to build your chest and back, and it helps improve your upper back stability which will give you more strength for those push-ups. When done correctly, it will also work your abs.

 

Check out how to do a dumbbell pullover here.  

Remember to always challenge yourself when it comes to weights, that’s how you'll get muscle growth will occur. The idea is to make it as hard as possible without losing your stability during each workout, and PLEASE stay consistent as that’s the only way you will notice real change.

Start out doing each of the above workouts for ten reps (i.e ten push-ups, ten dumbbell chest press etc) and in 3 sets (i.e three times as an entire workout).

 As always, I’d love to hear from you, and I can’t wait to see/hear your results. Please be sure to tag me on social media and share your journey. Feel free to also leave your comments/questions on any of the chest workouts I've listed.

 Yours,