There are many reasons women tend to shy away from upper body workouts. I have had potential clients say they just want to focus on building their lower body, or they don’t want a “bulky” looking upper body. Some even shy away from upper body workouts because they can appear to be tougher and more intimidating than lower body workouts.
There are so many benefits to completing upper body workouts. And you may be surprised to learn that your upper body workouts can also help improve your lower body workouts. So I am here to say don’t skip out on your upper body days.
Upper body workouts can improve your posture. Upper body workouts help strengthen the back. A strong back is essential for good posture.
Training your upper body helps make every day tasks easier. Most people start training for aesthetic reasons and then fall in love with training when they see how it benefits them in their every day life. Whether it is lifting children or grandchildren, carrying groceries, or moving furniture, upper body strength makes it all easier.
Working the upper body has benefits when completing endurance based exercises. Strong shoulders benefit cyclists. Strong arms help swimmers propel through the water.
Gaining strength in your upper body can lead to you having the ability to lift heavier on lower body sessions. Think all variations of deadlifts, squats, and lunges here. For all of you wanting to grow that lower body, this is great news.
Building the muscles in your upper body also make your waist appear smaller. And who doesn’t love that?!
The bottom line is that there are so many benefits to completing those upper body workouts. Even if you want to prioritize lower body workouts, you can still get in some upper body training. So the next time you are thinking about skipping those upper body days…don’t!