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    Question Female trying to improve upper body strength?

    I am a 20 year old woman in the Coast Guard. I'm in pretty good physical shape but I've always struggle when it comes to developing my upper body. Now I want to go to dive school which means I need to do pull ups. I've been working on an assisted pull up machine but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I could do to help build strength without building too much bulk? I don't want to end up with broader shoulders and bigger biceps than my husband... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    I am a 20 year old woman in the Coast Guard. I'm in pretty good physical shape but I've always struggle when it comes to developing my upper body. Now I want to go to dive school which means I need to do pull ups. I've been working on an assisted pull up machine but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I could do to help build strength without building too much bulk? I don't want to end up with broader shoulders and bigger biceps than my husband... lol
    Hi welcome to the forum...

    I wish I had 1 for every time I have heard females say "I dont want big muscles"...have a look at This Thread for why you wont build big muscles.

    Your need for upper body strength goes further than just worrying about pullups, you should also develop, arm, shoulder, chest, and also the core of the body the back and abs......

    Have a look at the workout section for routines, and have a look at This Routine for some advice on weight training
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    Default Thanks!

    I read that first thread within ten minutes of posting and felt kind of silly But thank you! Good advice!

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    I'm in the same boat as you. Looking for upper body strength! I can't do a single push-up. Good luck to you!

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    Default push ups

    The best thing I've found for improving your push ups is just doing them. If you can't do a good push up then start with a modified (or "girly") pushup. By that I mean, start by doing them on your knees and go down as close to the ground as you can. Once you can do 10 or so of those (coming with in a fist distance from the ground) start doing real push ups. And keep that back straight!

    Before I went to boot camp I couldn't do any good ones either...now I can knock out about 40 in a minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    The best thing I've found for improving your push ups is just doing them. If you can't do a good push up then start with a modified (or "girly") pushup. By that I mean, start by doing them on your knees and go down as close to the ground as you can. Once you can do 10 or so of those (coming with in a fist distance from the ground) start doing real push ups. And keep that back straight!

    Before I went to boot camp I couldn't do any good ones either...now I can knock out about 40 in a minute.
    When you first perform any exericise that is hard, the body has to employ the full spectrum of muscle fibres, gradually as you get stronger you push past the number you wanted and then becomes a muscle endurance exercise. Then you have to increase the intensity to see further gains

    To up the intensity, do your push ups with the legs on a box or a chair. And keep that back straight :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by atcgirl View Post
    I'm in the same boat as you.

    Boat? Was that a Coast Guard joke?
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